What is Anxiety?
It is often said that how you feel depends on what you eat. Anxiety is not necessarily caused by what you eat, but studies suggest that there are certain foods that trigger anxiety & some which help fight it. Hence, was coined the famous line-you are what you eat. It is seen that foods containing refined sugar & caffeine aggravate anxiety, while those rich in tryptophan, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids & vitamin B1 help reducing anxiety symptoms.
ANXIETY DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
DIET FOR ANXIETY
It is difficult to control anxiety if your food intake is improper. Anxiety isn’t directly linked to diet, but your diet is a contributing factor to both increasing & decreasing anxiety. Studies have shown that certain foods may make us feel calmer and good whereas some other foods can act as stimulants & make us irritable— at least temporarily.
We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Anxiety.
Recommended diet for Anxiety:
- Milk boiled in a copper vessel can help alleviate vitiated Vata/wind.
- Moderately cooked vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, radish, green leaves, spinach, asparagus, fennel, onions, celery and chicory
- Include yoghurt, bananas, peanut butter and garlic in your diet to reduce anxiety.
- Adequate water intake
- tryptophan-rich foods like bananas, milk, Oats, soy, poultry, cheese, nuts, peanut butter and sesame seeds.
- Magnesium rich foods like black beans and tofu are very important.
- Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, salmon, flax seed, and winter squash.
- Vitamin B1 rich foods like beef, pork, leafy greens, legumes, oranges and other citrus fruits, rice and eggs.
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, sprouts, peppers, broad beans, and potatoes should only be taken occasionally. Someone who likes eating non-vegetarian food should stick to white meat only, i.e. chicken and turkey.
Foods to Avoid:
Food that is heavy to digest such as wheat(that includes whole wheat), non-vegetarian food like meat (especially red meat), deep fried food and artificial sugar severely decrease the digestive fire and produce blockages in the micro channels, increase toxins (aam) and increase vata (wind) drastically, alcohol, excess coffee & caffeinated drinks
A pinch of Hing (Asafoetida) reduces vata and should be always used when cooking pulses, cabbage and beans to reduce gas.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.