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Juicing For Anxiety

 

Anxiety is a condition and important issue that many can suffer from on a daily basis. Anxiety and stress causes the release of adrenaline and cortisol in the body. This can put the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode which prepares the body to response to whatever is being triggered. This is effective protective mechanism if you encounter a life threat, but it is most definitely not a good state to be in daily, or long-term.

Often today, our stress levels don’t have enough time to recover, and get back to a normal relaxed state. High levels of stress and anxiety can have a negative effect on our immune system and digestive tract.
This is why is it so important to keep our stress levels down for not only our mental health but also our physical health.

Juicing can be a beneficial way that we can help to reduce anxiety.

Juices are full of nutrients like antioxidants, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and zinc. All of these have shown positive effects on anxiety.

A juice may not be able to solve all of life’s problems, but it can hopefully assist with a healthier state of body and mind and help relieve stress as the body receives the minerals and vitamins from the juice that are needed to combat stress and anxiety.

I love using these ingredients when creating juices to help relieve anxiety:

  • Beetroot
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach
  • Citrus (lemons and oranges)
  • Parsley
  • Apples

Green 'Stress Reliever' Juice

 

You will need:
2-3 Granny Smith Apples
2 lemons, peeled
3 cups chopped Tuscan Kale leaves
1 cup Parsley
4-5 stalks of celery

1. Wash, rinse and chop produce
2. Add and feed ingredients through your Omega juicer.
3. Drink and enjoy!

Vitamin “See ya later anxiety” Juice

 

You will need:
1 Apple
4 Oranges
4 Large carrots
1/2 thumb size piece of ginger
1 cm chunk of turmeric

1. Wash produce, shop to size according to juicer
2. Feed produce through juicer
3. Drink immediately or store in a glass jar in the fridge for a few hours


If you are looking to kick your anxiety to the curb, here are some other things you can implement that have personally helped me to reduce and heal my anxiety, and I know from research that these things have helped so many others too…

Meditation


It has been scientifically proven that meditation relieves anxiety and calms the nervous system. There is so much chatter and stimulation around these days, and we are more reactive and on edge then ever before. Meditation can help us to slow racing thoughts, and make it easier to manage our anxiety. I have personally found daily meditation is a powerful way to decrease overall anxiety in my daily life. There are so many different forms of meditation, such as guided meditations, focusing on your breath, transcendental meditation, or using a mantra. You can try each one, and see what resonates with you. There are also loads of guided meditation apps such as Calm, 1GiantMind, and one in particular that I love is Insight Timer.

Deep Breathing

When we are anxious and holding stress in our bodies, we tend to do short and shallow breathing which can raise our heart rate and contribute to that panicky anxious feeling.

Try this quick, easy and powerful mindfulness breathing technique:

1. Close your eyes
2. Breathe in for 5 counts
3. Hold your breath for 2 counts
4. Breathe out for 5 counts
5. Repeat at least 5 times

Far-Infrared Sauna



Numerous studies have shown that infrared saunas an reduce stress and anxiety significantly.
A sauna is a great place to unwind and literally wipe away all the baggage we hold onto, both physically and emotionally.

Purchase our Kiva Wellness Far-infrared saunas here

Aromatherapy


Essential oils are capable of enhancing our mood and emotions, treating our brain chemistry in order to improve our emotional well-being and offering peace in stressful and turbulent situations.

Use calming, grounding and stress relieving oils such as Lavender, Clary Sage, Vetiver and Sandalwood.

Read our other blog ‘Your Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils’ and shop our essential oils range here.

Journaling

Journaling is a recommended tool to help with stress-management. It is a way of keeping a record of your own personal thoughts, feelings, insights and emotions.
Journaling for me personally lessens feelings of distress and reduces my anxiety. This is because I am able to break the cycle of rumination and get my worries on paper. I first started journaling in my ‘diary’ when I was just 9 years old, and from there it has continued into my adult life. I find using journal prompts extremely helpful, especially when they are focused on a current issue I’d like to focus on.

Restful Sleep

 

We need sleep to restore our body. During sleep, blood is pumped via the heart and moved around to repair tissues and organs. Melatonin (a hormone) is released, which puts us in a deep sleep. The liver makes cholesterol at this time, and it is also the best time for the liver to cleanse and filter the bodies fluid, extracting viruses, particles, chemicals, pathogens, allergens and toxins to be secreted via the gall balder to produce bile. Melatonin can be suppressed when we aren’t exposed to enough sunshine, or from overexposure to screen lights such as smartphones, TV’s and fake lighting.

Some things that can contribute to sleep issues are going to bed too late, excessive alcohol consumption, a poor diet, adrenal fatigue, vitamin deficiencies, stress, hormonal imbalances, and having little to no exposure to natural light from the sunshine.

Here are my tips for a better sleep:
- Make your bedroom as dark as possible with no street lights, no night lights, or phone lights. Sleeping in a dark room helps you keep releasing melatonin all night and regulates your circadian rhythm
- Wearing a sleep mask can help block out light and improve your sleep. I love the Dream Eye Mask by Summer Salt Body
- Make sure you’re hydrated. Try to focus on your main fluid intake from rising until 4pm, then slow your fluids down after 4pm so you’re not needing to pee all night. Drinking juice and water will keep you well hydrated during the day
- Diffuse essential oils in your room such as lavender, roman chamomile and vetiver
- Limit your screen and phone time to one hour before you plan to go to sleep

Eating Well


The foods that we consume have a very large impact on our mental health. This is because the gut-brain axis is one way our body and brain have a strong link as our gut and brain are derived from the same type of cells. Did you know that a huge amount of our mood receptors like serotonin (the feel good, happy hormone) are found in the gut?

If you are highly anxious, try to steer clear of things like sugar, gluten, dairy, soft drinks, coffee, candies, and processed junk foods. When I feel I’m in an anxious state I like to add in grounding and nourishing foods like root vegetables, green leafy vegetables, good quality protein, and a green juice or smoothie.

Herbal Tea


When I was feeling highly anxious, I’d drink coffee. But unfortunately, coffee is a stimulant and drinking it while in a stressed state was adding fuel to the fire.
I’ve now opted for drinking a cup of herbal tea instead. Certain herbs contain properties that can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Drinking herbal tea for me personally is a very calming ritual.
Some of my favourite herbal teas I love to drink to help lower anxiety and stress levels are:

  • Chamomile
  • Passionflower
  • Lemon Balm
  • Valerian Root
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Rose


* Always speak with a doctor or other health professional if you are taking medication before adding herbs or herbal tea to your routine and you are unsure about interactions.

Exercise and Movement



Exercise has an immediate effect on stress and our anxiety levels. Regular exercise decreases the amount of anxiety that we feel overall. This is because physical activity and movement releases endorphins which are the happy hormones, they help increase happiness and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone).
Whenever I feel anxiety coming on, I like to go for a walk in nature or on the beach, do some yoga, dance, ride my bike or do any other activity where I am moving my body that will help!


Do you have any other ways you help manage anxiety? Please share with us in the comments below.
If you have a friend or family member who deals with anxiety, please feel free to pass this blog and information on to them so that they can be supported on their journey.

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