Building better mental health is a thing that we all want. We can exercise, have a regular sleep schedule, journal, therapy…but did you know that there are foods that help to relieve stress and anxiety naturally?
The brain needs fuel to function properly. And it can respond better to stress and anxiety. Also, there’s a connection between our gut (or intestines) and the brain. If you have bad “gut health”, it can lead to increase anxiety and depression (due to the fact that bacteria in the gut produce neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate mood).
So, let’s talk about some of the foods that you can add to your diet to build better mental health:
These ones are considered superfoods. They boost the immune system, relieve feelings of stress and anxiety, and they are full of important antioxidants for your brain.
🥬 Spinach/Green leafy vegetables
Eating leafy greens (like kale and spinach) supports memory and reasoning functions.
Spinach, for example, is one of the best options to improve your mental health. Spinach contains folate that produces dopamine which can help to promote feelings of calmness. It is also a source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, omega-e’s, and folic.
Bananas are high in folate and vitamin B6 (these two are important to produce serotonin which is known to improve your mood).
Avocados are full of healthy fats and B vitamins which are very important for relieving stress and anxiety.
Oats are another serotonin booster. Starting our day with oatmeal it’s always a good option!
Nuts, like walnuts, cashews, and almonds, are the ideal mental-health-boosting snack. They contain protein, fat, and omega-3 which are incredible for brain health.
Chamomile tea help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and can also help promotes a good night of sleep.
🍫 Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa) helps to lower blood pressure and increase circulation which can lead to relieving feelings of anxiety and stress. It can also make you feel happier!
I hope you’ll try eating some of these foods and see how they brighten your mental health and mood! See you in the next week 😊