Anxiety is a word we hear a lot these days and that’s because more and more people are struggling with it than ever before. There are various things that cause anxiety and it’s not always the same factors for everyone. It can be really helpful to try figure out what they are for you personally.
What we do know is that what you eat (or don’t eat) plays a key role. Out of control blood sugar levels don’t help! Ensuring you have good quality protein in each meal and snack helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and can help you feel more settled. We also need adequate protein so that our bodies can make neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, GABA and endorphins which are our all-important happy hormones. Low micronutrient levels don’t help! Having enough b vitamins and magnesium is important for your mood, energy levels and to soothe your nervous system. L-Theanine, which can be found in green tea, can be really helpful in times of stress and anxiety. It can reduce anxiety without leaving you feeling drowsy and lethargic. Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and Ginseng are herbs with adaptogenic properties. Taking adaptogen herbs can help the body resist the effects of stress have a better overall response to stress. This Anxiety Buster Smoothie has all of these mentioned ingredients plus a whole lot more. It can go a long way to nourish you and leave you feeling less frayed.
Recipe by Kerry Locatelli (BNat)