We live in a culture driven by advancing technologies and rampant social media campaigns. Given this “stronger, better, faster” mentality, it should come as no surprise that anxiety disorders are the most common diagnoses we see today in the medical field. While stress is a natural part of life and many stressors are unavoidable, there are some natural ways to reduce your stress load, and one of the best ways to start is with your diet. We’re here to provide you with the key nutrients you need to get your natural chill on so you can live and eat stress free!

Eat Stress Free

Magnesium – Low magnesium levels can increase your tendency to develop headaches and fatigue thus triggering stress. To get your fill of magnesium, reach for dark greens like spinach as well as legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Zinc – Many studies on animal behavior have shown that a diet high in zinc can reduce the presence of anxiety. We recommend munching on some cashews or flax seeds to get a healthy dose of zinc in your diet.

Potassium – This power house of nutrient can aid in reducing high blood pressure and stress levels, so don’t drop that avocado toast habit! We also recommend pairing your whole grain toast with some nut butter and banana.

Omega-3 Fats – Many studies have shown the positive benefits of a diet high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids to include lowering both anxiety and depression – double whammy! Grab a spoonful of your favorite nut butter or a handful of pistachios, walnuts, or almonds.

Vitamins B, C & E – Vitamin C has shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce blood pressure while vitamins B & E will help you bounce back from a particularly stressful situation. And no need for the supplements when you include fruits like oranges as well as almonds and avocados in your diet.

Our easy, on-the-go snacks are not just delicious, but they also contain these key ingredients needed to reduce anxiety and find your inner calm.

Harvard Health