Really! Are there Foods that help control anxiety and panic attacks
At first thought, it did not make sense to me, that there could be some foods that help control anxiety and panic attacks. But, luckily for us, who deal with panic attacks on a regular basis, it’s true that certain foods reduce anxiety. Of course, foods do not offer a complete remedy. There is no way, we can completely eliminate the problem of panic attacks and anxiety by modifying our drinking and eating habits. However, every little bit helps. Personally, I would choose the following options in my diet to help control anxiety and panic attacks.
Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants kill free radicals, the tissue-damaging molecules and help the body in keeping infections at bay. They also can help in mood balancing.
Sometimes I make smoothies and juices from fruits and vegetables, especially when I don’t feel like having them in my meals. Smoothies have been popular for years and I keep seeing new flavours to satisfy the palate.
So, why not get a little bit creative and see what you can come up with. The choice is up to you!
Of late probiotics as a supplement has become very popular. They are available in powder, liquid and capsule form. Probiotics are actual live cultures of good bacteria that are found in intestines. One of the most popular, not to mention tasty, sources of probiotics is yoghurt.
In 2011, an Irish research study revealed that when mice were fed yoghurt-related probiotics, they exhibited fewer behavioural traits associated with depression, stress and anxiety. If it helps mice, it should work for humans too. Further research is continuing on probiotics as a group of foods that reduce anxiety and the results are quite favourable.
Fish and Poultry as food for panic attacks
Fish and poultry are essential to any well-balanced diet. Each of these choices provides a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamin B, zinc and iron. Fattier fish such as salmon and flounder are rich in omega-3 fatty acids or “healthy fats.” Healthy fats promote the positive function of the brain, which is said to alleviate symptoms of depression as well as anxiety.
Foods to Avoid for Controlling Panic Attacks
Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks
I am quite used to drinking coffee and wasn’t agreeable to the fact that coffee and caffeinated drinks increase anxiety. However, the truth is they do and I would advise avoiding coffee and other caffeinated drinks as much as possible. Avoiding caffeinated beverages is important when it comes to anxiety-related mental health issues and to ward off panic attacks.
While caffeine typically helps to boost energy levels, it also inhibits levels of serotonin in your brain. When serotonin levels are lower than normal, we start feeling irritable and depressed, even though we may not realize it. Caffeine also keeps us keep awake and makes us go to the toilet more frequently. This can lead to dehydration which, in turn, can also cause depression.
For those of us who can’t live without coffee, tea and soda, using decaffeinated drinks may be an option to consider. However, it may take some time to get used to the switch. But, in the long run, it’s a much healthier option.
Besides Foods What Else Can Help In Controlling Panic Attacks
In a previous article, we discussed herbs that help with panic attacks. They include lavendar, kava kava and chamomile and can be quite effective in soothing your anxiety.
Panic attacks are certainly no fun. These episodes of extreme fear can come to life without a moment’s notice. By adapting your menu using the above tips, you’re taking a more active role in lessening the possibility of anxiety and panic attacks ruining your day.