Foods That Help With Anxiety and Depression

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  1. RoDarrick says:

    Excellent article this is and I must say I found the piece very insightful to read on. I have been battling with anxiety for quite a long time and all I’ve been using to counter it majorly are supplements and cbd oil products. Unknowingly to me, I never would have thought that foods can help out with anxiety and depressions. I was simply wowed while reading through this post because of the foods I found on the list. However, this came as a golden write up to me and I really appreciate it. Thank you so much

  2. Harry says:

    I have been experiencing high levels of anxiety and gloominess lately mostly due to my stressful job and a friend of mine suggested that it might have to do with not eating well, or sometimes at all at work.

    Truth is that there’s no time to eat at my job so I’ll have to take your tips and start preparing some small snacks full of nutrients to stuff down my throat while at work.

    I really don’t want to start taking supplements.

    Thanks a lot for the help!

    • Kat says:

      It takes courage to recognise something needs to change and then act on those changes Harry. If you can have some nuts or berries and a few veggie sticks perhaps these could certainly help at reducing the inflammation and feed your gut the beneficial nutrients it needs to help produce the neurochemicals that can alleviate how you have been feeling. Also be sure to cut out caffeine and sugar as these also contribute in increasing anxiety and depression. Give yourself a few minutes to fuel your body. All the best ~kat

  3. Helen says:

    Anxiety and depression is an increasing problem in the world today with more people seeking support. It might be that we are becoming more open in how we feel but it could also be reflective on our diets too. Whilst as you state you can’t rely on foods to help your anxiety or depression but they certain can have an effect on wellbeing. Having a balance in your diet with nutrients and minerals is very important, and you point that out clearly.  A very interesting article and one that will give those with anxiety and depression hope that they will feel better, by taking control of their nutrition and managing their triggers better to start feeling happier. 

    • Kat says:

      It is definitely something that needs to be considered when the experience of anxiety and depression are occurring for individuals and not to be ignored. We are holistic beings that require all parts to be integrated. I too hope those experiencing anxiety and depression can modify their diets to allow for the brain supporting nutrients to help alleviate these moods. It’s hard living with anxiety and depression and it takes time but it is possible for the body to recover and be calm. 

  4. water life says:

    That’s an amazing article. We daily meet anxious and depressed people. Despite the economic problems, the interpersonal relationships and other personal issues, there are the nutritional habits that affect the gut and by extension the brain, because they create an irritable gut. There are so many foods that help it.

    All these foods you mentioned, such as the water, help the gut with the vegetable fibers they contain to work normally and they increase serotonin. Thank you for this really helpful list and for your very informative and useful.


    • Kat says:

      Thanks, individuals need to be aware of what they’re feeding their body to recognise what needs to change if they are experiencing anxiety and depression. It can also help to apply various strategies too, but if the body isn’t nourished it could make these strategies less effective. Thanks for sharing your feedback ~kat

  5. JJ says:

    Hi Kat, this article is spot on. I suffered for years with anxiety and depression and the funny thing was, I couldn’t understand why I was so low, so I tried literally every method I heard about. Those years have gone and ,as you said, healing is brought about by a combination of actions. In terms of nutrition, I changed to including most of your items in my diet. The greatest change came about for me with magnesium in various forms. The right foods really help the process along, and I am a testimony to that. Thank you for a great article.

    • Kat says:

      Well done for working through those challenging years of anxiety and depression. I too consciously increase my magnesium with the foods I consume as a way to help manage the emotions as magnesium really makes a big difference. It’s very common to not have enough magnesium in our body so even more important to eat foods that contain this valuable nutrient. Thanks for sharing how valuable changing your diet was for you and overcoming anxiety and depression. ~kat

  6. Carol5162 says:

    I recently realized that anxiety can be caused by a lot of issues. I initially thought that it was a mental disorder but I realized that even physical sickness can lead to anxiety.

    I have experienced this with a relative and I am relieved that anxiety can be treated by food. I am also learning a lot about the gut, most of which I had no idea. The impact of inflammation on our bodies is such an eye opener.

    Thank you for explaining this so well. Informative article!

    • Kat says:

      Well done for being able to recognise the link for you between anxiety and your physical health. The gut is so important in how it helps our body and brain produce the necessary hormones for our mental wellbeing. Thanks for sharing. 

  7. Debbie says:

    I enjoyed reading your article on the link between foods and anxiety. 

    A few years ago I suffered a bout of anxiety which I found to be quite frightening as I usually feel quite confident and able to cope.  My doctor recommended some medication to help alleviate the symptoms but also suggested I cut out certain foods from my diets such as caffeine, alcohol and white carbs.  I found the best remedy for me was a nice cup of chamomile tea.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Debbie, anxiety can be a big shock if you don’t usually experience it, and it sounds like diet may have played a part in your experience. Well done for doing something about it.

  8. Shannon says:

    Thank you for the wealth of information you have provided. There is a much larger connection between what we put into our bodies and various mental states such anxiety and depression than people realize.

    Being a Herbalist, I am not an advocate of most pharmaceutical medications. I prefer instead to offer my clients a wholesome natural solution. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself, including mentally, if given the proper nutritional tools. 

    When dealing with conditions such as depression, the amino acid Tryptophan has been proven to help those who do not produce enough serotonin. The body however, cannot make Tryptophan on its own so foods such as nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, oats and eggs can be an excellent choice for those who suffer with this condition. 

    As you noted, there are also various herbs that can be added to the diet to aide with both anxiety and depression. St. John’s Wart, valerian root, black/blue cohosh, marshmallow and astragalus are some others, to name a few. Thanks again for the abundance of information! 

    • Kat says:

      Hi Shannon thanks for sharing your experience with nutrition, I love it! I was a bit lax on the herbs, as I was conscious of the volume to include. I might edit and add some of what you shared, as I’m not a herbalist, and this is very accurate. I had forgotten about St John’s wort, so thanks for sharing. 

  9. Sandra Naden-Horley says:

    I think your article is very insightful and helpful for those suffering from anxiety or other associated issues.
    Whilst I agree completely in relation to steering clear of foods which can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing, as a therapist myself and through my extensive experience of my own practice and my work for Anxiety UK I now teach my clients to embrace their anxious thoughts and not fight them because this way you can eliminate them forever.

    • Kat says:

      I agree, there is certainly benefits to sitting with the anxiety and explore it and reflect with the support of an experienced therapist. There is also a lot of poor food choices which impact moods too so hence needing to raise awareness around the possible changes that can be made should the anxiety or depression be due to low nutritional value or vitamins in the diet. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Christen says:

    Maybe this is a bit weird, but I never thought about how foods can change our mood! This is definitely a great motivator to pay better attention to what I eat, and my overall health in general. It’s good to see that some of the foods I already love are on the list, so perhaps it won’t be too difficult to make changes 🙂

    • Kat says:

      It’s not weird that you didn’t realise this Christen. It’s only through personal experience that I realised how much our diet impacted my anxiety. So I did research on it, while also checking what affects my own anxiety and know how poor my diet used to be and making changes has helped relieve my moods and reduce the anxiety. In particular eating probiotic options, going sugar free and increasing magnesium rich foods. ~ kat

  11. Strahinja says:

    I loved your post.

    I too firmly believe that our diet and the food we use can influence our moods + our behaviour. Junk food tends to have low value ingridients that tend to leave low value chemical reactions in our body system and hormonones. This of course leads to anxiety and depression, amongst other factors.

    I use a diet with a lot of olive oil and Vitamin E and D. I noticed that Magnesium is very needed when it comes to your mood and hormones.

    I love your website by the way. I will bookmark it for future posts.


  12. I thought food had an effect on me. I was not sure until your post on how food changes my moods. I could overdose on dark chocolate thou.

    I will bookmark your site. I love the font size and the content is even better. The level of detail is incredible. Thank you…

  13. Lindsey says:

    This is awesome. I have 100% always believed that our mental & physical health are linked. The foods we put into our body are so important. Im a vegetarian, so it’s nice to see the list of fruits,vegetables,nuts & seeds you listed to help combat anxiety and depression. I do take a B12 vitamin which I believe is so important as so many people, meat eaters and vegetarians alike can easily be deficient in. Vitamin D is so important for our mood too, I try to go outside in the sunshine for a few minutes a day 🙂

  14. Angela says:

    Well l never thought food had an effect on our mental balance.
    This was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing, the site looks great
    and extremely clear

  15. This is such an important topic. People really aren’t aware of how closely mood/anxiety/depression etc are linked to the gut and to the foods that we consume. Thanks so much for pointing this out and for sharing all this information. I’m sure that it will be of help to a lot of people!

  16. ty Chan says:

    Your post is very informative ! Now I realised that food can help with anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are common problems in today’s society. Busy people may often have an unhealthy diet which contains a lot of trans fat and sugar. This may also affect their mood and hormones. So we should be aware of what we eat every day as well.

    • Kat says:

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. it’s amazing when you think of how the link between anxiety and depression is closely connected with our diet. It makes sense when you think about it. ~kat

  17. Great article Kat, you got it covered. I personally don’t have any issue with anxiety or depression, but I have a friend who’s going through some bad days. That’s why I will recommend it and I hope it will be as useful as it appears to be.
    Thanks for sharing, amazing!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Marian, thanks for sharing and thanks for thinking of your friend who experiences not so good days. It takes a number of strategies for managing anxiety and depression. Be sure to show her some of the other relevant posts on the site to your friend for them to work through their struggles with these conditions too. ~kat

  18. Mohammad says:

    Thank you for this great article, so many people don’t know that anxiety and depression can eat our souls and cause huge problems. People need to understand that those 2 are the worst out there and anyone that already has them knows that. I am a doctor and I always meet such cases, I love your article because you provided natural ways to get rid of at least make it better for those people. They deserve to have a better life. I want to add that any food, even junk food, that make you happy in another word food you love, get it and eat it but not too much! The idea simply when we eat something we love like ice cream or chocolate, happy hormones increase in our body and that will help to get rid of anxiety.

    Great article. Thank you

    • Kat says:

      Hi Mohammad, thanks for stopping by. I’m not a fan of junk food, and don’t encourage it as it can also become an addiction or lead to emotional eating which has follow on effects on mental health and self esteem, but I can see where you’re coming from for releasing happy hormones. This would be more like a short term fix. Thanks for contributing to the discussion ~kat

  19. Tamika G says:

    Hi there, this was a really well-written and informative post. Thank you for this list of foods that help with anxiety and depression, This is a great resource. I particularly liked what you mentioned about the 4 Pillars of Wellbeing to ensure that we are balanced in all areas. It’s a great checkpoint if we notice health issues popping up to take a step back and reassess using this. There were a lot of takeaways in this post for me so thanks again.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Tamika, thanks for sharing your thoughts and feedback on foods that help with anxiety and depression. The pillars of wellbeing are ceratainly tied in with our health and mental health too. ~kat

  20. Tyler Followell says:

    Very interesting! extremely well-written article. I never knew foods could create such an impact on anxiety and depression. I really believe you are making a difference with a post like this. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing these thoughts with us!

    • Kat says:

      Hi Tyler and welcome. Thanks for the lovely feedback. I do hope it can help others manage their anxiety and depression with changes to their diets in conjunction with other strategies. ~kat

  21. Tracy says:

    Hi Kat

    I found your article very informative and a great read. I’ve recently started to become more conscious about what I’m putting into my body by cutting back on processed foods,I’ve even cut back on the meats. I truly believe that what we put in our bodies has an impact on anxiety and our moods. Thanks for the great information.

  22. Great information! I know so many people on prescription drugs for anxiety and depression. It would be nice if they can someday be able to lower their dose over time or even completely get off of it. What’s even nicer is to never have to get on those drugs in the first place with all the crazy side effect that can come with it.

    • Kat says:

      Hi John, yes, those side effects of the prescribed medications are not ideal, so finding a natural way to combat anxiety and depression using food from nature makes sense. By using a variety of approaches, this can help support managing these conditions in a positive and effective way.

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