Q I feel per­ma­nently stressed with a kind of low-level anx­i­ety. How do I fix things in a nat­u­ral way?

Prima (UK) - - Your Wellbeing - Dr Bauer’s book, Joy’s Sim­ple Food Reme­dies (Hay House), is out now.

A‘Calm­ing foods can help by sta­bil­is­ing blood su­gar and in­creas­ing lev­els of sero­tonin, a feel­good hor­mone,’ says USreg­is­tered di­eti­tian Dr Joy Bauer.


FATTY FISH Omega 3s are help­ful in fight­ing de­pres­sion and one study found them use­ful in com­bat­ting anx­i­ety.

CHICK­PEAS ‘Can spell re­lief for peo­ple who feel fraz­zled,’ says Dr Bauer. ‘These legumes are rich in tryp­to­phan, an amino acid your body uses to make sero­tonin, which is a feel­good chem­i­cal in the brain.’

POR­RIDGE OATS These whole­grain carbs also con­tain tryp­to­phan. Opt for min­i­mally pro­cessed steel-cut oats, rather than the in­stant kind, for a slower, stead­ier rise in blood su­gar.

CHAMOMILE TEA It’s be­lieved to act as a mild seda­tive and may help relieve mus­cle ten­sion and ease anx­i­ety and ir­ri­tabil­ity. One of the most well-doc­u­mented medic­i­nal plants in the world, Chamomile has been shown to have an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.


COF­FEE Con­sum­ing caf­feine can ex­ac­er­bate a rac­ing heart and cause symp­toms sim­i­lar to those of anx­i­ety. SWEETS Spike blood su­gar and pro­mote in­flam­ma­tion and an in­sulin surge.

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