Anxiety can be relieved by tea, brewer's yeast, kava, omega 3 fish oil from cold water fish like salmon and tuna, breathing and exercise. Anxiety is part of living in an uncertain world. It might be helpful sometimes, but chronic anxiety is definitely bad for the health because it increases heartbeat drastically, and the risks of a heart attack or stroke. There are, however, foods rich in nutrients that fight anxiety; and other techniques that fight or relieve anxiety, leading to lesser stress and peace of mind.
Prevention Strategies to Fight Anxiety
• Talk to Someone, Preferably an Expert – Getting it off your chest is therapeutic. A therapist trained in cognitive behavioural therapy can be helpful. Studies have found that talking might work better than meditation in relieving anxiety disorders. It might work better than medications.
• Exercise like Walking – the neurotransmitter known as gamma amonobutyric acid (GABA) is released during exercise. Studies have found that people suffering from forms of anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, have low levels of this “feel good” hormone.
• Breathing Calmly – Many anxiety symptoms are caused by hyperventilation, characterized by short breaths, which never fully release the carbon dioxide from the lungs. Breathing properly and deeply when anxious help release stress hormones due to hyperventilation. A class of relaxation techniques might be helpful.
• Spirituality and Religion – a study found that women who stopped attending religious services are three times more susceptible to anxiety disorders. Social interactions facilitated by being a member of a religious or spiritual organization help boost the mood.
Foods and Nutrients that Fight Anxiety
• Kava supplement – Kava is an herb of the black pepper family. Studies affirm its calming powers, relieving anxiety. Always check with a physician before embarking on an alternative herbal therapy. Kava can interfere with the metabolism of certain medications. In large amounts it could cause liver damage.
• Tea – like green tea or black tea. U.K. researchers have discovered that individuals consuming cups of tea daily recover faster from anxiety and stressful situations. Tea stabilizes heartbeat and lowers blood pressure. Tea antioxidants target the same brain receptors as those targeted by anti-anxiety medications.
• Brewer’s Yeast – an excellent source of biotin, also called inositol or vitamin B7. Biotin reduces the intensity and frequency of panic attacks. As preventive measure, supplement with B vitamins that contain 12-18 g of biotin. Consult a physician first.
• Fish Oil or Omega 3 – three grams of fish oil daily helps relieve depression, of which anxiety is a major symptom. Fish oil reduces stress as well. Check with your physician before supplementing with fish oil.
If anxiety is a major mental health concern that has serious implications physically, there are ways and foods that make treatment easier and less expensive.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.