What it is?
Anxiety and stress , though slightly different emotional states, are both natural reaction to danger or uncomfortable situation.
Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life. However, reactions to stress can culminate in anxiety, which can interfere with health. Symptoms of anxiety include a tightening sense of self-awareness and exaggerated awareness of surroundings, muscle tension, nervousness, insomnia, heart palpitations and intense worry.
How food can help?
Because anxiety and stress can often overstimulate nerves and cause muscles to be tight and tense, it may be helpful to eat food rich in calcium and magnesium.
Dietary support from complex carbohydrates, which are found in most “comfort foods”, is another nutritional defense against stress and anxiety. The amino acid tryptophan is instrumental in the manufacture of serotonin , a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter that help you to relax and feel more calm.
A number of B vitamins help to release energy from carbohydrates and maintain proper nervous system function.
Your food arsenal
Broccoli, cooking greensand figs provide calcium, which is vital for normal communication between nerve cells and for muscle contraction.
Beans, potatoes, rice, whole grains supply complex carbohydrates.
Amaranth, avocados, sunflower seeds - rich in magnesium, that helps relax muscles.
Bananas, peas, turnips - provide tryptophan. The brain uses it to produce serotonin to enhance mood.
Bananas, potatoes help with vitamin B6 that assists body to some with anxiety and stress
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