Q I feel permanently stressed with a kind of low-level anxiety. How do I fix things in a natural way?
A‘Calming foods can help by stabilising blood sugar and increasing levels of serotonin, a feelgood hormone,’ says USregistered dietitian Dr Joy Bauer.
WHAT TO EAT
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.
WHAT TO AVOID
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.