In the modern world, but most of us occasionally find it difficult to cope. It’s enough to drive you to drink – but will that improve your nervous system? Before you reach for the hard stuff, let us introduce you to some smoothies and teas that can really help to reduce your anxiety levels. If you’re in a constant state of agitation, you may want to talk to your GP. For milder cases, prevention through healthier diet is worth exploration.
When you eat a nutritious and balanced diet, you can regulate your anxiety levels. When you exchange bad habits for good ones, the sense of control and ownership can create a positive attitude. You’ll feel better about your life and this will have tremendous knock-on effects. You’ll feel more stable and confident, too. The plant kingdom is a veritable apothecary. It’s loaded with healing fruits, vegetables and herbs that can heal you – and they do so largely without the side effects that can accompany pharmaceuticals.
To set you on the road to better mental and emotional health, we’ll give you the lowdown. Here are just a few of the fruits, vegetables and herbs that will do wonders for your nerves.
B vit? Believe it!
B vitamins are a vastly underrated for their ability to stabilise the emotions. Clinical studies have shown that depression can result when your body is B deficient. Happily, it’s easy to build up a reserve. Start by enjoying juices of apple, melon, orange and mango. These will nourish your nervous system, helping to smooth the rough and heal the harshness.
Let loose the lettuce and onion
Even the colour of lettuce is calming, don’t you think? Something about it just tells you that everything will be all right. That’s nature being clever. Lettuce actually does possess properties that can relax and even mildly sedate. You can gently steam it to release a greater calming effect on your nervous system and your digestive tract. Need more convincing that green is the way to go? Lettuce is a brilliant gut cleanser and removes the irritants that can negatively affect your nerves. Try a cup of lettuce tea. You’ll see that it’s highly proficient at taking the edge off.
Don’t forget about our friend, onion. Get plenty into your diet, as it’s got physiological superpowers. Not only does it sweep away digestive irritation, but it also paves the way for a healthier nervous system. Try it chopped finely in a salad of grains or as an ingredient in dressings.
Drink to happiness!
Rosemary for a rosy outlook
Make a cup of refreshing rosemary tea and let the day’s woes wash away. All you do is add a teaspoon of rosemary to a cup of bowling water. Steep for 5 minutes, then add agave nectar and lemon juice. The hotter the temperature when you drink it, the more effective it will be. Of course, please exercise caution and common sense!
Get wise with sage
What’s in a name? Everything…if we’re talking about sage. Renowned for its cleansing abilities, it’ll have you feeling mentally stable in a jiffy. Just boil a cup of water. Remove it from the heat and add two tablespoons of dried sage. Leave it to brew for about 5 minutes. Strain it and stir in a bit of lemon juice and agave nectar or stevia. Drink it before it goes tepid.
Pears and oats pair well
Porridge oats and pear juice are a fearsome duo that can deliver the knockout punch to your anxiety. Here’s the quick and dirty way to benefit from it:
Juice one washed, whole pear. Set it aside. Brew one cup of peppermint tea and let it cool completely, then blend it with your pear juice. Add a handful of porridge oats (the finer the better). Bring this mixture to a boil and let it bubble away for 5 minutes on a low heat. Add some agave and leave it to cool off. Drink it whilst it’s still warm.
Walnuts and apples appeal
In the flavour stakes, this is a classic. You’ll feel naughty, but it’s so nice for your mental and emotional wellbeing. Just juice a washed apple and add it to a glass of almond milk. Chop a handful of walnuts and toss them in there, too. Bottoms up. You’ll be top of the world in a flash.
Now that you have some basics, we hope you’ll run with them. Take charge of your body’s destiny. There’s so much that nutrient-dense foods can do to improve your state of mind. At the risk of sounding like damaged CD, we’ll reiterate: prevention is better than cure. Practise our advice and you’ll see the amazing benefits. If you are having persistent problems that aren’t responding to treatment, see your GP. He or she can diagnose disease. Don’t take chances with your health – but do take steps towards a more happy and contented life!