Banana: The #1 Anti-Anxiety Superfood That You're Not Eating
You are what you eat. The food that you eat impacts the way your body looks, the feelings you feel and the mental resources you have available to you.
If you eat well, you'll look better, feel better and have mental clarity and focus. If you don't pay attention to what you put in your mouth, you'll not only grow a beer belly and love handles but as a result also feel insecure about yourself, exhausted throughout the day and mentally drained.
If you want to feel less anxiety, there is one superfood that you aren't eating nearly enough of that can dramatically improve the way you feel. In this post I'm going to teach you why banana is a miracle fruit and how you can build it into your diet to get rid of anxiety.
The more I learn about bananas, the more it seems as though they were custom-made to reduce anxiety. It's the perfect natural anti-depressant and here's why: it contains all the necessary nutrients such as vitamin B, glucose, potassium and magnesium that relax your muscles, relieve stress in your brain and create a calm state of mind.
Let's look at some of the reasons you should be eating more bananas:
- It reduces your blood pressure. Bananas contain potassium that helps muscle contraction and nerve function. What that means is bananas are great for your heart which is a big muscle organ that contracts about every second of your life. Because anxiety creates tension in your muscles, you want to eat foods that promote muscle health like bananas.
- It fuels your brain. Your brain needs glucose to function and bananas are full of it. They also contain fibers that make sure that their glucose content is fed to your brain over a long period of time. It's like the perfect brain food.
- It reduces depression. Bananas contain dopamine and help your body make serotonin. Both of these are molecules that have to do with motivation, reward and pleasure. Basically, they're the natural antidepressants of our body and bananas are chock-full of it.
- It reduces stress. Bananas are rich in magnesium and vitamin B6 which create positive mood by soothing your nervous system.
And that's not everything
So How Do You Include Bananas in Your Diet?
All you need to do is eat a banana right before a stressful event in your life. For example, musicians often eat a banana before stepping on stage to get rid of stage-fright. So you could eat a banana right before your exam, or whenever you have to speak in front of a group of people to soothe your mind and bring out your best performance.
What I personally do is I eat a banana about an hour before I go to sleep, at around 8 pm. I find that it helps slowing down my anxious mind racing about what had happened during the day. It's part of my personal evening relaxation ritual and it has helped me fall asleep easier and sleep better.
It's also a good idea to start the day off with a banana for breakfast. It creates better mood and a slight feeling of euphoria which is a great way to get yourself ready for the day. If you have time, you could also make a banana smoothie to start the day with a healthy dose of tasty and nutritious beverage.
This is a banana chia pudding that my wife made
TIP: When buying bananas, look for the ripe ones with black patches on them. These black parts contain high amounts of dopamine so you definitely want to buy those first.