How Holistic Remedies Can Help Ease Anxiety

Natural remedies and holistic practices can help you deal with and soothe your anxiety. Find some of the best time-tested remedies to start using today.

| May 2015

  • Anxiety can manifest in a variety of forms, from clinically diagnosed disorders to phobias.
    Photo by Fotolia/Jessmine
  • Brigitte Mars and Chyrstle Fieldler offer trusted natural remedies and therapeutic practices that can help ease the symptoms of stress-related conditions in โ€œThe Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing.โ€
    Cover courtesy Fair Winds Press

Reduce stress and live better, naturally! The Home Reference to Holistic Health & Healing (Fair Winds Press, 2015) by Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fieldler offers time-tested natural remedies to boost your health and well-being. The following excerpt from Chapter 3 will give you tips for how to naturally and holistically ease anxiety.

Making room for more joy and happiness in your life means learning how to manage uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety more effectively. Natural remedies and practices can help you to deal with and soothe your anxiety and clear the way for a more peaceful, well-balanced you.

Necessary Nutrients: Antianxiety Diet

Feeding the brain and the central nervous system with the right foods can help to soothe anxiety. The best antianxiety diet is one that keeps your blood sugar at a steady level morning, noon, and night, because symptoms may worsen when your blood sugar dips. This means choosing lean proteins, whole grains, veggies, and fruit and nixing refined sugars and starches. You may do best “grazing” all day long, eating four to six small meals and snacks, so carry cheese and gluten-free crackers or nuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds in your bag each day. The most important thing is to never get too hungry.

Other foods to focus on include oatmeal and yogurt (unless you’re allergic to gluten and dairy), both high in calming calcium. Lettuce also helps calm anxiety. Eating nutrient-dense, grounding foods such as buckwheat, millet, black quinoa, black rice, black sesame seeds, sweet potatoes, and winter squash is also helpful.

The Benefits of Fish Oil on Anxiety

In the first study of its kind, researchers at Ohio State University recently found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil calm anxiety. The OSU study included sixty-eight medical students, half of whom received 2.5 grams of an omega-3 supplement daily, the equivalent of about four or five servings of salmon. A study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity (November 2011) showed that those who took the supplements had a 20 percent reduction in anxiety and a significant reduction of inflammation.



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