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Foods That Help with Anxiety

Can you actually eat your way out of an anxiety loop? As we hit Perimenopause and Menopause our projesterone levels drop, the reduction in projesterone, known as the calming hormone, can send us into an anxiety spin.

When we’re feeling anxious, it’s really easy to reach for crunchy, fried snacks and sweet treats that provide a momentary sense of relief. But the truth is, these processed foods always end up making us feel worse in the long run. As it turns out, there really are foods out there that can help lower your anxiety levels. 

Certain spices and herbs can help modulate neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which can lower anxiety and some foods contain essential amino acids and minerals that promote a sense of calmness due to balancing the neurotransmitters and enhancing the gut-brain connection

Fatty fish like salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce anxiety. 

Diets low in magnesium have been found to increase anxiety-related behaviors. If you’re feeling anxious, consider adding leafy greens like Swiss chard and spinach to your diet, since they’re great sources of magnesium — and delicious when paired with garlic. 

The probiotics found in Greek yogurt have been shown to help  cope with stress. 

An excellent source of potassium and zinc are pumpkin seeds. They are also packed full of tryptophan, which has been shown to decrease feelings of anxiety.

Studies show there’s a link between probiotic foods and lowering social anxiety. Eating probiotic-rich foods like pickles, sourcrout and kimchi have been linked with fewer anxiety symptoms.

Foods rich in zinc, like oysters, beef, and cashews have also been linked to lowered anxiety. 


Turmeric is an ancient Ayurvedic spice, and a staple in Indian cooking  Curcumin is the bioactive form of the turmeric root, and it confers numerous benefits for your brain — including anxiety reduction. 

Check out this Turmeric Tea recipe (and consider throwing a little sliced ginger root in there for extra flavor).


Turmeric: Ground turmeric 

Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice lends a bright pop of citrus flavor.

Honey: Adds a hint of sweetness.

Black Pepper:  Black pepper helps your body absorb the curcumin from the turmeric.

And here's how to make it 😁

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