Eating Your Anxiety Away

anxiety reducing saladControlling your anxiety is easier said than done. People might tell you, “don’t worry about it. There’s no reason to worry about this,” but this is just adding salt to the wound. Anxiety is a chemical reaction in your body, and under stressful situations, it’s hard to stop. However, there are some things you can do to alleviate your anxiety and calm your mind in times of crisis.

While we understand that anxiety can’t be helped, there’s a Deepak Chopra quote, “anxiety is a misuse of the imagination.” You can feel confident knowing that because you have anxiety, you also probably have an excellent imagination. Part of channeling your anxiety into imagination means following certain rituals. Rituals help you emotionally cope with whatever it is that’s making you nervous.

When you suffer from dental anxiety, it can be hard to relax before your dentist appointment. With dental anxiety, even going in for a routine cleaning has the power ruin your day. There are a lot of rituals that can help you prepare for your dental appointment, easing your mind before your dental appointment. Listening to your favorite music in the morning, cutting back on caffeine, and even eating certain foods can relieve stress before your appointment. After all, anxiety is a chemical defense to fear, so adding anti-stress foods to your diet can change your life.

4 Best Foods for Coping with Stress

In times of stress, humans typically reach for the comfort food. It’s easy to get caught up eating highly- processed and sugary foods as a short-term relief for uncomfortable situations. It turns out that high-calorie food can actually cause more stress. Next time you’re stressed out before your dental appointment, try these foods, instead of the bag of gummy bears:

  1. Munch on nuts. When you’re stressed out, your body shoots out massive amounts of cortisol and depleted your B vitamin Snacking on nuts helps to replenish those important nutrients. B vitamins play an integral part in balancing your neurotransmitters. The potassium in nuts also helps lower your blood pressure.While crunchy foods aren’t the easiest on your teeth, the physical act of chewing crunchy foods can help your mind focus on chewing, which relieves tension and stress. So, next time you’re stressed about a dental appointment, eat a handful of almonds in the morning, then brush and floss your teeth before going in for your appointment. Nuts have a way of finding themselves in the nooks and crannies of your mouth.
  2. Add red bell peppers to your diet. Red bell peppers actually have twice as much vitamin C as an orange. This is funny since everyone always flexes about the amount of vitamin C in oranges. A study by Psychopharmacology found that people who have large amounts of vitamin C before a stressful activity experienced lower blood pressure than people with a placebo pill. Vitamin C also helped their bodies recover from the cortisol surge that comes from stress.
  3. Eat salmon at least twice a week. Salmon is tasty, and it’s healthy. Omega-3 and DHA are important nutrients for balancing your neurotransmitters. Not surprisingly, these nutrients are usually lacking in our modern diets. One study found that people who got daily doses of DHA and omega-3 experienced 20% less anxiety than the group that didn’t have the mood boosters. Salmon is packed full of omega-3 and DHA. However, if you’re not a big fish eater, you can take store-bought versions of these supplements.
  4. Go green. Modern diets also tend to leave out micro-greens. Leafy greens are full of magnesium, which is a natural stress reliever. Magnesium is an important nutrient for regulating cortisol and blood pressure. People who are magnesium deficient also tend to have higher protein levels, which are linked to stress and depression. You can also get a lot of magnesium from collard greens and kale. Magnesium is one of the first minerals to get flushed out of your body when you’re stressed, so it’s imperative that you eat more magnesium-dense foods. Beans and brown rice another great source for magnesium.

While you should incorporate all of these healthy foods into your diet, it can help for you to alter your diet on the days surrounding your dental appointment. Especially if your anxiety is so bad that it causes you to cancel your dental appointments. The first step to good dental health is getting to your check-ups. With routine dental checkups, preventing dental health issues is easier than treating them. Have a great weekend, readers!