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Foods that help reduce anxiety

More than simply a feeling of worry, anxiety is a debilitating mood disorder that can make sufferers feel unnecessarily cautious, apprehensive and fearful. If this sounds like you, there is a small silver lining on the dark cloud of anxiety that hangs over you: relief can be sought, at least partially, by changing your diet.

Basket of berries

Panic attacks, poor sleep and needless, constant worrying are just some of the “normal” symptoms of anxiety. But according to, that’s only part of the story, as many sufferers will go on to develop a reliance on drugs or alcohol in order to cope.

“According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in five Australian adults will suffer from stress-related illnesses, including anxiety and depression,” the website states. “That’s over four million people, and more than the common cold.”

There is something you can do about it, however, and it involves managing your daily diet, to manage your symptoms.

Ban fried foods

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your anxiety levels, you should avoid deep fried “comfort foods,” as they’ll provide you with anything but comfort. Deep fried foods are higher in fat and calories and lower in nutritional content, which means they’re usually harder for your body to digest. When your body is fed the nutrition it needs, it feels better and runs more smoothly from a physiological perspective — and that means you will start to feel better emotionally, too.

Eat more berries

Most berries fall under the “superfood” category, which means they’re so packed full of nutrients and goodness that they’re given a super category all of their own. Acacia berries, for instance, are full of phytonutrients that are able to lift your mood and level out your blood sugar levels. Blueberries, meanwhile, can help to restore brain function, and the natural fruit sugars offer an organic pick-me-up.

Snack on peaches

During the warmer months, peaches could be your closest ally! Fresh peaches especially (tinned are okay, too) are loaded with cancer-fighting phytonutrients, which can give you healthier skin. It also has a natural sedative that can help reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Add almonds to your daily diet

Almonds are rich in vitamin B12 and zinc, which makes them genuine mood enhancers. As an added bonus, if you have trouble getting enough iron in your diet, almonds can help to combat this — handy, when you consider that low iron levels can cause fatigue, making you more susceptible to anxiety symptoms. If you need one more reason to eat a dozen or so almonds a day, then consider this fun fact: almonds also contain monounsaturated fat, an essential ingredient for fighting heart disease.


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