When we are stressed our brain sends signals to our bodies that can make us immediately turn to sugary, salty and fatty food.
Certain nutrients can actually have anti-anxiety properties. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to ease anxiety symptoms.
Luckily, the foods that contain these good-for-you nutrients are ones that many of us reach for on the regular. These foods are:
Chamomile has special properties of relaxing and it’s full of antioxidants that are great for your overall health, but several studies have specifically shown the effect of chamomile on anxiety relief.
Two of the live active cultures found in yogurt, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, may have a positive effect on your mental health, though evidence is only in the early stages and more studies need to be done.
70% Dark Chocolate
It’s important to note that it’s dark chocolate, not milk, that may deliver the most benefits. That’s because it’s the cacao that’s the mood-booster, so reach for a dark chocolate bar that’s at least 70% cacao.