Easing Anxiety Through Nutrition and Hydration
Anxiety affects many adults and children.
Oftentimes, making lifestyle changes helps people cope with anxiety, especially when it comes to children. For instance we've all been there — rushing out the door in the morning hustling to school. Sometimes its inevitable, but when it comes to children with anxiety, time management is vital to prevent children from feeling rushed to get out the door in the morning or to an activity. This will help lower their (and your!) stress.
Planning healthy meals may also help reduce anxiety — both because it takes the stress out of dinner time and because of the nutritional value of the food itself.
Keeping blood sugar levels stable throughout the day is one way to manage anxiety.
Here are some key tips to keep anxiety at bay all day.
Start the day with protein to provide energy and stabilize blood sugars — incorporate complex carbohydrates since they increase serotonin in the brain. Add these foods to your child's diet:
- chia seeds
- leafy greens.
It's vital to stay hydrated as dehydration affects one's mood. That's why KidsLuv is a great choice!
A single serving of KidsLuv is filled with the following goodness: Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and more.
KidsLuv delivers the right mix of Sodium Calcium Citrate to ensure that your little ones get the added benefit of hydration with each sip. That's refreshing! If you're concerned your child isn't hydrated enough in their daily diet, consider supplementing with KidsLuv drinks.
Research shows that magnesium and zinc can help with anxiety.
Therefore, foods naturally rich in magnesium like leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard, and other food sources including legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains may ease anxiety. Foods naturally rich in zinc like cashews, beef, and egg yolks may lower anxiety. Other beneficial foods are turkey, Brazil nuts, sunflower butter, fish, pineapple, banana, oats, and cinnamon. Add these to your next grocery trip for healthy and balanced meal planning.
Track when your child is anxious.
Keep a journal of what one is eating and their mood and anxiety level since food intolerance can cause unpleasant reactions leading to anxiety.
Healthy eating is essential for one's total wellness of mind and body.
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, Author,
and passionate about empowering others to become their health advocate.
She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast,
Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively
Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.