Winter is coming here in New Jersey and we all worry about the winter blues. Less exposure to the sun reduces our levels of Vitamin D- which reduces our immune system and can also increase our feelings of sadness. There are other factors behind why we feel sad in the winter- a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder- but nutrition definitely plays a part.
Can you eat your way to less anxiety? Well- sort of. A healthy lifestyle complete with exercise, good nutrition and maybe even some positive thinking/meditation can help reduce anxiety. Foods that are rich in magnesium have been shown to help combat depression.
Magnesium is actually a calming mineral that nourishes our nervous system. Research suggests that this may help prevent anxiety, fear and nervousness. This mineral is also a great protector of the heart and arteries. This is important for anxiety sufferers. Talk to your doctor if you want to consider taking a magnesium supplement for anxiety- as you may need more than the typical dose.
Foods That Are High In Magnesium
- All forms of squash such as zucchini, yellow squash, acorn, butternut, kabocha, turban, pumpkin, and other winter squashes
- Dark-green, leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and chard as well as broccoli, green beans and seaweed
- Whole, unrefined grains like millet, quinoa and buckwheat
- Beef, chicken and fish (esp halibut, cod and salmon) (choose organic meats and wild caught fish whenever possible)
- Nuts and seeds
You can also soak up some extra magnesia by adding some espom salt to a night-time bath. Be sure to add some calming lavender essential too!