stress reducing foodsAccording to the American psychiatric Association, nearly 2/3 of US residents surveyed in 2017 were extremely or somewhat anxious about the health and safety of themselves in the family.

Stress Pills have Negative Side Effects

The allopathic approach generally advocate pills to treat anxiety, while there is mounting evidence showing that these medicines have many negative side effects including addiction, depression, suicide, seizures, sexual dysfunction, headaches and more.

Foods Can Soothe the Body & Mind

Practitioners of natural health know that food can be very beneficial, some foods better than others when it comes to soothing the body and mind.

The top 5 foods that reduce anxiety & stress:

1. Fish

Rich in the essential amino acids L-lysine, L-arginine and omega-3 fatty acids promote a healthy brain and enhance mood.  Studies have shown that individuals with L-lysine deficiency are at a higher risk of anxiety.

2. Nuts

Many essential proteins,fats, Vit D & E and mineral selenium are available from nuts like Brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts.  Vit D has been studied to have a positive effects on the mood.  Nuts provide essential amino acids ad fatty acids produce the mood-regulating hormones serotonin and dopamine.

3. Yogurt

Fermented foods like yogurt are beneficial for the gut.   Gut health is critical for overall health and production of serotonin (the happy neurotransmitter)

4. Green Tea

Green tea has L-theanine, an active polyphenol, has the ability to calm the nerves and fortify the brain.

5. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa contains active phenolic antioxidants that benefits brain function. Also dark chocolate provides minerals such as magnesium which has been shown to facilitate relaxation and calm the nervous system.

Healthy Alternatives to Drugs: Food, Exercise and Meditation

In conjunction with food, exercise and meditation can also be a positive influence on the body/mind.

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