What Foods To Eat or Drink To Reduce Anxiety 

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Anxiety is a normal part of life, but it can become too much to handle. If you’ve tried everything else and your anxiety is still causing problems in your day-to-day life, then try some of these foods or drinks to reduce anxiety. They contain naturally occurring chemicals like tryptophan that help increase serotonin levels in your brain which will make you feel less stressed out!

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is a great way to reduce anxiety. It’s a natural relaxant that has been used for centuries to help people sleep better and reduce stress.

The main ingredient in chamomile is apigenin, which has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects by reducing the activity of neurons in the brainstem area responsible for controlling breathing and heart rates. The more apigenin you consume, the more effective it will be at reducing anxiety symptoms such as nervousness and restlessness.

In addition to its use as an herb for calming nerves during stressful situations such as public speaking or job interviews where there are large groups present at once, chamomile tea can also help with insomnia because it contains chemicals called benzodiazepines which help calm down the brain waves so that they don’t get too high/low during sleep periods

Milk or yogurt

Milk or yogurt are good sources of tryptophan, a natural amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and other hormones in your body that help you feel better about yourself.

Milk also contains calcium, which is an important mineral for maintaining a healthy heart and brain function. It’s also one of the most common food allergens, so if you’re sensitive to dairy products (or any other food), it’s best to avoid them altogether until you know what foods will make you feel better when they’re introduced back into your diet later on down the line!

Yogurt provides protein along with vitamins B12 and D3 (which are essential for many bodily functions). They’re also high in probiotics; the good bacteria living inside us!


Oatmeal is a good source of B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium. It’s also rich in fiber, tryptophan, and vitamin E.

The protein in oatmeal can help you feel full longer so that you’ll be less tempted to snack on unhealthy foods later on.

Salmon, tuna

Salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to help your brain function. They also contain protein, vitamin B12 and D (which helps to reduce anxiety).

Eggs, turkey, and other meats

Tryptophan is an amino acid that is converted to serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Eggs, turkey,d other meats are good sources of tryptophan, which can be beneficial for people with both depression and anxiety disorders.

Yogurt or cheese with a small apple, pear, and cherry tomatoes

Yogurt and cheese are good calcium sources, which help reduce anxiety. You can add fruit to the yogurt or cheese to make it more palatable. Apples, pears,d cherry tomatoes will help provide a more balanced meal that contains a variety of nutrients needed for mental health.

Calcium is an integral part of maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in the brain’s development during childhood; therefore, if you want your child’s mind (and body) at its best then they must get enough calcium each day from their diet!

Walnuts and almonds

Walnuts and almonds are good sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They can also help lower blood pressure, an important factor in reducing anxiety.

Spinach, leafy greens, and clover sprouts

Spinach and leafy greens are rich in vitamin E, which can help reduce anxiety. Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, and olive oil.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate contains tryptophan, a compound that helps to produce serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is one of the hormones responsible for regulating mood and sleep, while melatonin is an important hormone produced by your body that regulates your circadian rhythms.

Dark chocolate is also a good source of magnesium, which can help reduce anxiety by relaxing blood vessels in the brain. Magnesium deficiency causes an imbalance in calcium levels in your body causing calcium deposition on soft tissue causing stiffness or pain when bending over or walking too far away from home.

Green tea, black tea, and oolong tea

Green Tea contains the amino acid L-theanine which can help to reduce anxiety. It also has many other health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Green Tea is a better source of L-theanine than other types of teas like black or oolong because it contains more antioxidants which may reduce inflammation in your body that contributes to anxiety symptoms

Tryptophan can help to increase your levels of serotonin

Tryptophan is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to relax the body and mind. Foods that contain tryptophan include:

  • Chicken breast
  • Egg yolks
  • Goat cheese


This may not be the most exciting list of foods, but it’s an important one. You could try adding some of these foods into your diet today, or even make a cup of tea before bed. If you really want to get serious about improving your mood and reducing anxiety, then I would highly recommend reading up on clinical trials and trying supplements like Melatonin.


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