Anxiety is an epidemic that is overpowering our nation, especially in young adults and teenagers. The National Institute of Mental Health reported that 40-million adult Americans are struggling with anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in the United States. Managing your diet is one way to get a jumpstart on helping your anxiety.
So what to eat? Try these foods to help ease your anxieties:
Leafy greens - Studies have shown that not eating enough magnesium can lead to more anxiety, so foods with a lot of it - like spinach and Swiss chard - may help you feel calmer.
Chamomile tea - According to a study from the University of Pennsylvania, this tea can “significantly decrease” anxiety symptoms.
Wild Alaskan salmon - Lots of studies have shown a link between a diet high in omega-3s - found in wild Alaskan salmon - and lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Pickles - You’ve probably heard that there’s a link between the bacteria in your gut and your general health, well there’s also a link between a diet rich in probiotic foods, like pickles, sauerkraut, kefir, and lowered anxiety.
Check out this yummy salmon recipe if you need inspiration!