Best Foods for Anxiety and Depression



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Let’s dive into the best foods for anxiety and the best foods for depression – plus which foods to limit or reduce so you can optimize your mental health.

Depression and anxiety are actually very closely linked in terms of their causes and how they manifest. And this is why there are many similar foods that reduce anxiety AND depression by helping to bring our bodies and brains into balance.

First, we’ll run through which foods to avoid with anxiety and depression because they may contribute to or worsen symptoms. Then, I’ll share some of the foods that help anxiety and foods that help depression based on the existing scientific research.

Whether you’re looking specifically for anxiety relief or anti depression foods, or you’re focused on taking care of your overall mental health, I hope these foods for anxiety and depression can be helpful for you!

Keep in mind, no specific food is a treatment for anxiety or depression, and these recommendations are NOT a substitute for medical or psychiatric advice. Please consult with your physician or mental health professional before making lifestyle changes, especially any changes that involve medications.

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Relevant Resources:
★ Facing Fear Foods:
★ Surprisingly Healthy Processed Snacks
★ My Favorite Healthy Food Haul
★ Breathing Exercises for Anxiety
★ Mindfulness Meditation 101
★ How to Change Eating Habits with Mindful Eating

STUDIES referenced in this video:
► Nutrition, depression & mental illness
► Dietary & botanical anxiety treatments
► Impact of dietary changes on major depression
► Role of neuroinflammation in depression
► Inflammation in anxiety
► Lifestyle approaches & therapies to promote healthy moods
► Oxidative stress, antioxidants and depression/anxiety
► Fermented foods, microbiota, & mental health
► Beneficial properties of probiotics
► Sugar intake & depression
► Fast food & depression
► Unhealthy dietary patterns related to depression
► Essential fatty acids and mental health
► Fish consumption and depression risk
► Omega-3s and treatment of depression
► Anxiety and salmon consumption
► Omega-3 supplementation and anxiety
► Tryptophan, depression & anxiety
► Walnuts & depression

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28 comments

  1. On my journey to healing my relationship with food, health and my body, I’ve tried just about every diet, way of eating and “approach” to health. I’ve found that sometimes the food matters as much as we think it does, and sometimes it does not. At the end of the day, what is really important is how you FEEL. So don’t eat more of these or less of these foods because they are on the list—instead, listen to the best expert of you—YOU! If you struggle with anxiety or depression, and you eat a lot of these foods—it might be worth taking a look at. Or it might be worth adding in some of the ones rich in antioxidant goodness. At the end of the day, don’t set any hard and fast “rules.” You do YOU! Sending you much love.

  2. I agree with a lot you say people tend to comfort eat therefore eating things that are not very healthy they give them a boost then a massive low. It is the old saying everything in moderation if you deny yourself foods that you enjoy you crave more then you have the guilt.

  3. thnku for your views my whole family have a anxiety problem. we tried a lot of treatments but didn't get
    results but after getting treatment from planet ayurveda now we are fine.

  4. Willing to try this. At the lowest point with my anxiety and depression so thank you for this information. It’s worth a try…

  5. 10 cups of coffee and 7 fresh doughnuts always does great. Peanut butter strait from the jar and a full pint of ice cream,family size bag of M&M's and chex mix.

  6. 11 months ago at 9:59pm, I had the worse anxiety attack ever! So, I watched this video and I'm feeling much greater, thank you

  7. Dang it man.. sugars are going to be the hardest step for me.. my sweet tooth is horrible (writing this as I’m eating sweets)

  8. My anxiety is so bad rn
    All i do all day is focus on not having a crisis
    I had to cut 100% coffee or anything with considerate amounts of caffeine… coz anything makes me really anxious and I have a panick attack.

  9. Talking to you all who feel like you can't change your life around…I was like that for a long time, but I succeeded in changing my life by 180 degrees and now I am a 100% happier person than I was before. The one thing that really helped me was Forwago because it made me change the way I think and look at everything.

  10. Let’s talk about it the only things I have in my house is hot dogs and bologna or fake proccessed food and I felt it had to do with my diet, I think not eating those things really improved my health. Caffeine also did it to me. I am so done with this stuff lol.🤣🤣

  11. You gave a lot of really great, well-researched advice. I struggle so much with anxiety but now I’m going to definitely make some changes to my diet. So thanks 🙂

  12. Amazing video sir as you are inspiration for everyone !!!!! A few years ago I was also suffering from Depression and no medicines work for me & Then someone suggests me to follow all the tips given by you along with using memory support capsules of planet ayurveda that am using for last five months and i have so much amazing results

  13. Mushrooms saved my life Hit up @adam_shrooms on Instagram..He sells psychedelics discreetly. He got shrooms,Dmt,Lsd,dope asf💀🍄

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