Fighting Fear the Natural Way!

Anxiety is something that is an everyday battle. A majority of people don't look at suffering from anxiety as a serious problem, and tend to belittle the people who deal with it. All of that stress pent up inside of you can eat you alive, transcending from affecting you mentally to the physical well being of your body and leading to much more serious issues such as panic attacks, acid reflux/GERD, etc. As a person who suffers from severe anxiety, I completely understand what it's like to have your stress start to take a dangerous toll on your body. Over time I have learned that the best way to get yourself back on the right track is to start helping your body in more natural ways. Of course medicine is great to have especially if it's needed, but natural remedies teach your body how to help and heal itself, all while giving you nutrients and the absence of side affects that come with pills. So since we are going into the warmer months of the year, here are five things you can incorporate into your lifestyle that can help reduce anxiety and stress levels, along with a couple of spring/summer friendly recipes to try out!

1. Spinach

Spinach is rich in magnesium, which helps block out stress hormones from entering our brains. Magnesium also helps with muscle relaxation, which is really great for cramps! This is more of a natural way to increase your magnesium intake, but if you feel you need something more along the lines of medicine, talk to your doctor about taking natural magnesium supplements and take them as prescribed. 


2. Chamomile Tea/Green Tea (caffeine free)

Remember when your parents told you to drink something hot when your stomach was hurting? Well, they were on the right track! Hot tea is a great way to put you into relaxation mode, especially chamomile and Japanese green tea. Chamomile is a natural plant that is very soothing, and Japanese Green tea contains L-theanine, which also helps to calm people down. However, it's important to make sure these teas are CAFFEINE FREE. Caffeine can make symptoms of anxiety a lot worse, increasing your heart rate and making you panic. So, be careful!!

3. Salmon

Not only is Salmon a great source of protein and a good food to eat if you are looking to lose weight, but is also quick to make and can help reduce stress! According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine,  according to the Ohio State University, increasing your intake of omega-3s can immensely help reduce anxiety symptoms! 

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is perfect for anyone who is looking to incorporate more fiber into their diet. Fiber helps keep your tummy full as well as help keep you emotionally stable. It also provides you with lots of energy! But, it is suggested that you stay away from packaged oatmeal that may have added sugars or chemicals in them and to just buy rolled oats instead ( I highly recommend Trader Joe's Rolled Oats; it's gluten free, dairy free, and wheat free for anyone with allergies!).

5. Avocado

This yummy green treat is one of my favorite fruits of ALL time. You can eat it as a snack, or incorporate it into your meals! Unlike other fat foods, it's filled with good fatty acids that your body needs, and it's super refreshing. It also does wonders for skin and hair, you can literally plop a bit into a face or hair mask and you will NOT be sorry,especially if you have dry skin. 

Now of course, anxiety is not only about what you put into your body, but also the way you treat it and more importantly, the way you treat your mind. This is not going to be overnight, treating your body right and healing it takes time, consistency and positive thoughts. Other really good things to try out are meditation and exercising. Staying active helps your body to release endorphins which make you happy, and mediation is always a lovely way to zero in on your inner peace and relax.  Keep your mind and your body in sync, darlings!

Recipes

Salmon-Avo Spinach Salad

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 bag of baby spinach
1 piece of salmon (smoked or cooked, your choice)

*Make sure your salmon is prepared before the making of this salad!*


1. Take a handful of baby spinach and place it into a bowl.
2. Pour few drops of water (also can use coconut or olive oil) into the bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds - 1 minute.
3. Take your prepared salmon and cut it into smaller pieces.
4. Place the salmon on top of the spinach in the bowl.
5. Take a slice of avocado and cut it into tiny, cube-like pieces.
6. Place the avocado evenly on top of the salmon and spinach.
Optional: To turn into more of a meal, you can add gluten-free pasta to the bowl as well!



Ultimate Oatmeal Bowl

Ingredients:
1 bag of Rolled Oats
1/2 cup of water
milk (optional)
fruits of your choice!

1. Pour your oats into a bowl with 1/2 a cup of water.
2. Heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes or as directed. 
3. After heating, add a splash of milk for more of a creamy taste to your oatmeal.


4. Take any fruits that you like (highly suggested are acai berries or pineapple; super great for the stomach!)and chop them up.
5. Spread them evenly on top of your oatmeal and voila! 
Optional: You can also add organic dark chocolate shavings to the bowl, but not too much! Chocolate tends to have caffeine in it, which can agitate your anxiety if consumed more than normal!




Bon Apetite, babes! 











Article by Christina Elaine

Extra Sources:


  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145
  • http://springarborliving.com/senior-assisted-living-blog/green_tea_can_help_reduce_anxiety_stress_and_depression_in_elderly
  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/474373-oatmeal-anxiety/


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