6 foods that reduce anxiety

Published: January 6, 2017
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KARACHI  : Dealing with stress and anxiety can be very hard and affect your everyday routine. Though anxiety requires proper treatment, there are some foods that can help you cope with or even reducing it. Following is a list of foods that are easy to find and can actually help you feel better when you feel stressed out or anxious.

Oranges

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PHOTO: HUFFINGTON POST

Oranges don’t just taste really good. They are full of vitamin C and are excellent stress-busters as well. Not only do oranges strengthen the immune system, they also lower the levels of stress hormones in your blood stream and keep blood pressure in check.

Oranges are easy to find these days so give them a shot. The citrus fruits will help you feel calmer. You can eat one, drink orange juice or simply boil its peals and let its aroma fill your house. Many believe that the scent of oranges can help reduce stress.

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Almonds

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PHOTO: NDTV

Along with their other properties, almonds are known to relieve anxiety. They are believed to have natural calming abilities and are good for people suffering from mental disorders like depression, stress and anxiety. Almond consumption, especially with milk, can help you sleep better as well.

Salmon

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PHOTO: NEW YORK TIMES

Salmon and other fish such as tuna, herring and sardines have been proven to be good at uplifting your mood and making you feel happier. This is because they contain omega-3 fatty acids that are not only great to curb anxiety but also beneficial for you heart.

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Brown bread

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PHOTO: NDTV

Always go for brown bread instead of sugary or white breads because the former is a whole grain carb. This means brown bread is easier to break down inside your body and provides you with a reasonable amount of sugar for a longer time. Processed carbs, on the other hand, break instantly and make you feel energetic in the short run but ultimately, you end up feeling lethargic.

Milk

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PHOTO: NDTV

Lactium, a protein found in milk, appears to have calming effects on the human body. It reduces the levels of stress hormones in the blood stream and thereby, lowers the blood pressure. Drinking a glass of warm milk can sooth you almost instantly and help you feel relaxed quickly.

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Green tea

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PHOTO: NDTV

Did you know that apart from helping you lose weight, green tea can beat anxiety too. L-theanine, an amino acid present in green tea, is reported to have calming effects on one’s body and can help you have a stress-free day.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 6, 2017 - 12:53PM

    Green T is my all time favourite. I drink at least 4 5 cups a day . Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 8, 2017 - 5:02PM

    Green tea gives me palpitations, it is too high in caffeine. Recommend

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