A holistic diet is something that can promote mental health. Over-eating and stress are often related.
These are unprecedented times and it is common to feel anxious from time to time. With restricted mobility due to the coronavirus outbreak, one cannot enjoy many habitual activities. However, food is something that guarantees an improvement in mental and physical health.
A holistic diet is something that can promote mental health. Eating habits and stress are often related. However, some studies have reviewed the links between stress and food intake, particularly comfort foods that can be consumed to reduce stress. People tend to consume hyper palatable comfort foods, such as fast food, snacks, and high calorie foods, even in the absence of hunger or energy deficit. These findings suggest that stress can promote irregular eating patterns and strengthen networks towards hedonic overfeeding, suggests a study published in Stress and Eating Behaviors.
Here are some foods that can help calm your nerves.
It incorporates antioxidant-rich foods like berries, citrus foods, and foods rich in vitamins C and E like pumpkin nuts, watermelon, and flaxseed, as it supports brain function and protects against oxidative stress in the brain.
Dark chocolate and turmeric milk, since milk has vitamin D and turmeric has curcumin with anti-inflammatory properties, together they will have a calming effect since they contain antioxidants.
Furthermore, studies have shown a positive effect of vitamin B on the nervous system. In fact, all foods rich in B vitamins like fish, eggs and vegetables help reduce anxiety.
It’s also important for people to include probiotics and good fats (Omega 3 fatty acids like flaxseeds, fish, and coconut oil, all kinds of nuts and seeds) in the diet.
The intestine and intestinal bacteria release hormones like serotonin that are important in influencing mood. So if you eat foods rich in probiotics, it will have a calming effect on the brain. Yogurt contains probiotics, which can have a positive effect on brain health and anxiety levels.
Most importantly, a good night’s sleep can never fail to calm your mind.