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Stress and Anxiety

The Stress Response

The stress response is an adaptive mechanism to cope with acute stress. Chemical mediators and hormones are released to activate body systems to physically react to stress. While beneficial in the short term to circumvent harm, repeated stress can impact the immune, cardiovascular, and metabolic systems, and can negatively affect bone density, memory, and cognition. Identifying and eliminating the source of reoccurring stressors is important to reduce overactivation of the stress response.

Antianxiety Foods

Consume a variety of foods that help thwart intermittent, mild anxiety. Brain function and neurotransmitter formation can be affected by nutritional deficiencies. Fuel the body with foods that diffuse stress, promoting feelings of calm and well-being.Incorporate into the diet foods rich in magnesium, antioxidants and phytonutrients, selenium, zinc, tryptophan, B vitamins, L-theanine, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Drink plenty of water andadd yogurt, fermented foods, or a probiotic to maintain gut health which affects the brain and immune system, secondarily impactingmood and anxiety. Avoid foods that can exacerbate stress including refined sugar and carbs, alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, and fried foods. Enriching the body with nutrient dense, whole foods can reduce stress. Taste the calm within the crunch of a carrot, experience peace with every pistachio, and let stress sail away while snacking on seaweed.

Antianxiety Herbs
Studies have examined herbs such as: kava, chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, valerian, and passion flower for mild to moderate anxiety relief. However, many studies have limitations or mixed results requiring further research
Several herbs cause drowsiness or may interact with other medications. Short term use of herbs or herbal supplements for stress or anxiety should be discussed with a physician prior to use.

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