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Anxiety and stress often feed on beverages such as sodas, energy drinks and coffee which are loaded with caffeine and added sugars. More specifically, caffeine is a stimulant which stimulates the human response of fight or flight. This response caused by caffeine consumption can certainly have a profound, negative affect on someone who already suffers from symptoms of anxiety and can potentially lead to an anxiety attack. Added sugar on the other hand does not necessarily cause anxiety but it has been shown to worsen feelings of anxiety and stress. Luckily, there are numerous other teas, juices and beverages that can actually combat feelings of anxiety. The following drinks have been said to decrease anxiety and stress and increase feelings of peace and calm.
Mostly noted for its ability to help individuals fall asleep, there still needs to be more research findings of how chamomile can support improved anxiety and stress. Nonetheless, many people report feelings of calmness and relaxation after drinking chamomile tea. Research also supports that chamomile has the ability to help lower blood sugar, decrease inflammation, reduce pain related to me strain, slow down progression of osteoporosis and more.
Lavender has long been noted for its calming and soothing abilities, but there is more. Research supports that drinking lavender as tea can help digestive problems such as nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach and abdominal bloat. Additionally, lavender has been used for headaches, tooth pain, external sores, muscle cramps and even stress-related symptoms.
Valerian Root Tea
Valerian root makes a distinguishable tasting tea that has aided in reduction of anxiety, stress, tension and irritability for many years. A 2006 study reveals that Valerian root can help with insomnia and may help with sleep quality. This herb tea has also been used for knee and low back pain as well as insomnia.
Ah, good ol’ H2O. Not only can water help you achieve you personal hydration goal, but it can also support decreased anxiety and stress. Naturally, dehydration can cause the body to be under stress which can cause feelings of anxiousness. So making a conscious effort to drink more water can support lower stress levels. Moreover, research shows that drinking 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning can wake up your organs, aid in digestion and detoxification, boost energy and immunity and even enhance skin health.
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
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