Eating is one of the few things that require active participation of all our senses, so it must be something that will help you soothe your nerves. Doesn’t a bar of chocolate always make you feel elated? You could be a happier person and reduce all your stress if you could just eat right.

Before we delve into the details of exactly what your diet must comprise, the most important thing is to drink lots of water. A dehydrated body sends anxiety signals to the brain, so it is imperative that you keep yourself hydrated.

Internally our body secretes acids and most of what we eat is rich in its acid content. To counter that you must eat food which is alkaline as acidic food aggravates stress. Fresh fruits, vegetables provide the much needed vitamins and minerals whereas processed and proteinaceous foods are acidic and trigger stress.

A balanced diet rich in minerals, vitamins and fibres and plenty of water reduces anxiety and more importantly gives you the nutrition and strength required to combat whatever comes your way instead of giving in to anxiety.