Whether or not we are aware, out diets go a long way in affecting our moods. Certain foods contain stimulants that can cause an increase in heart rate through the release of adrenaline, the “fright” or “flight” hormone. Diets can affect blood sugar levels as well as total cholesterol levels.
Some of the foods that can help fight anxiety are as follows:
• Bananas. Bananas are a great food in that they contain dopamine, especially the ripe bananas with black patches. Dopamine is considered the fell-good hormone and acts as an anti-depressant.
• Complex carbohydrates. The body breaks down complex carbohydrates to release energy that is needed to keep the body fuelled for an extended period of time. When the level of blood sugar is lower than normal, it may result in both anxiety and depression. Complex carbohydrates include bread, pasta, corn, potatoes and yams.
• Milk. Milk contains two substances that are known to have effect on sleep and relaxation, melatonin and tryptophan (an amino acid). They signal to the brain when it’s time for sleep and helps the body and mind relax.
• Fibre. Fibre affects cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Eating lots of fibre helps stabilise blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
• Vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals improve strength and vitality. Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin present in many foods and helps in the release of energy from foods.