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Controlling stress and anxiety naturally with food

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Anxiety, Articles, Food, Health, Stress

Stress mounts up almost unnoticed when you are busy

When you have a busy lifestyle, filled with deadlines and other pressures, stress and anxiety can build up, putting you at risk of illnesses such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. If it all becomes too much for you to handle, your first port of call will most likely be the doctor for medical intervention.  The go-to treatment is usually a course of strong antidepressant meds to help get you over the hump.

However, many of these meds have side effects which include a negative impact on your sex life.

Here are some ways your sex life can be affected:

  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Loss of sensation during sexual encounters
  • Diminished or delayed orgasm
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection

The symptoms, which can change from person to person, are almost certain to affect a one’s quality of life such as relationships, self-confidence and self-esteem issues, and may lead to even more anxiety. If you are taking medication for stress, do not make any adjustments to your meds, and certainly do not stop taking the medication without talking to your doctor.

Lifestyle and diet changes

Overcoming anxiety without medication, or perhaps even with reduced medication, involves making permanent lifestyle changes – especially regarding your diet, and getting regular exercise. Research has shown that healthy eating is one of the best natural ways to control stress. Getting into a better state of mind with the focus on choosing the right foods and getting some exercise, is NOT a call to summarily toss your medications.

Here are some foods which dietary experts have recommended to help control stress and anxiety:

  • Asparagus is high in folic acid (vitamin B9) which is a mood-enhancer and will help in tense situations.
  • Oranges contain vitamin C which is known to reduce blood pressure and keep the stress hormone cortisol under control so you do not crave foods which are bad for you.
  • Dark chocolate is an excellent substitute for unhealthy carbs and sugary foods if you want something sweet. Studies have indicated that a 40gr bar per day has a relaxing effect on the body, releasing feel-good endorphins from the brain into the bloodstream.
  • Berries, in particular blueberries and strawberries, are considered by many nutritionists to be a super food. Most berries are loaded with a combination of plant nutrients, vitamins B and D, as well as omega 3. There is clear evidence that berries help folk to cope with the trials and stresses of daily life.
  • Mixed nuts, such as peanuts, cashews and almonds, have proved to be powerful mood-boosters. Almonds are high in zinc, which is a potent mineral for maintaining a balanced mood.

There are other foods like avocados, and dark green veggies like spinach and broccoli, which are also beneficial in helping to cope with anxiety. They contain vitamins and minerals which are known to calm the mind and body and give your energy levels a boost. Changing your diet, changing your life, and changing your focus from negative to positive, will help you reduce stress levels, restore your well-being, and as a bonus, can bring relief from the symptoms of sexual dysfunction.

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