Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Stress

Not to long ago stress and anxiety was once a word that wasn’t even considered a condition, today however living in the fast paced society of the 21st century stress is a household name and considered a medical condition, and if not treated effectively it can lead to serious long term health problems.  Some of the most common signs of anxiety disorders are palpitations, nervousness, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings and depression.  Besides the health risks, stress and anxiety can impact virtually every aspect of  your life and your overall enjoyment.  Fortunately there are some natural remedies for anxiety and stress that can be found through the foods you eat, not only for optimum nutrition, but that will also help to balance your mood helping to put you on the path to well being:

Avoid stimulants: Caffeine, sugar, salt and nicotine are all anti-calming agents and will affect your blood sugar levels.
Eat energy foods: Eat a healthy balanced diet, rich in nuts and seeds, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables and natural organic yogurt all of these will help to give your energy levels a boost and fight fatigue.  Eat little and often to prevent cravings.
Eat for relaxation: Some foods are associated with mood and will help to relax you, releasing the chemical serotonin that keeps you calm and relaxed this includes brown rice, porridge oats, spinach, pasta, bean, rice and milk these all contain tryptophan an amino acid that encourages relaxation.
Essential fats: Your brain is made of 60% fat; these are required in order for the brain in order for it to function correctly.
Vitamins: Ensure you eat the right minerals, nutrients and vitamins to feed the brain the fuel it requires so the neurotransmitters ‘the chemical messengers’, can function correctly, B vitamins are especially essential for good health.

Other natural remedies for anxiety should involve taking some time in the day for a quiet period, taking time out for yourself and carrying out some breath work or mediation where you can focus on the mind, body and soul connection.  This can be as simple as taking a walk in the park or by the beach, or treating yourself to a massage; it’s about taking time out from your daily routine, for relaxation.   By having this quiet time you will also become more conscious of the triggers that create the mood swings, so you are better equipped to deal with stress and anxiety more effectively.

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