Key Nutrient for Healing Anxiety {plus Superfood Chocolate Smoothie recipe}

This post is an excerpt from my e-book, Keys to Calm, which is all about naturally healing anxiety with mind-body tools, nutrition, and natural remedies. 

The e-book, Keys to Calm, is my heart and soul in script.  It’s what my 10 year journey to health has finally lead to.  My own journey included crippling anxiety and panic attacks, that slowly turned into an auto-immune disease diagnosis, food intolerances, and adrenal fatigue.  I healed myself from all of those things naturally, and now I’m here to help you!

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Magnesium is Critical

Magnesium is crucial to easing anxiety on the physical level.  It is required for maintaining normal nerve and muscle function, bone strength, heart health, and immune health.  Our modern diet is deficient in magnesium, because of our depleted soils.  Couple that with our stressed-out, high tech world, and it's a recipe for anxiety.  Magnesium is great for anxiety, sleep disturbances, constipation, muscle cramps, and so many other things.  

Read some incredible studies that have been done on anxiety and magnesium in this article in Psychology Today:

Magnesium and the Brain: The Original Chill Pill

One of the best ways to get a high dose of magnesium (great for when you’re feeling acute anxiety) is to take a warm epsom salt bath.  Fill a tub with 2 cups of epsom salts and your favorite essential oil (I love lavender).  Turn on some relaxing music and let that magnesium calm you down for a good night's rest.  I love doing this for my kids also.

The best food sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, bananas, dark chocolate, and beans.  Try to incorporate some of these foods into your daily diet.  

When I take epsom salt baths and my diet is full of greens, bananas, beans, etc., I don't often feel the need to supplement with magnesium.  But, when I do, I always use Natural Calm.  It's the one I take myself, give my children, and recommend to my clients.  

 

Superfood Chocolate Smoothie

This is our favorite smoothie recipe EVER.  It tastes like a milk shake, and it’s packed with relaxing nutrients!

Serves 2, easily doubled

4 frozen bananas

2 handfuls fresh greens

2 tbsp raw cacao (Healthworks is our favorite brand)

1 tsp barley grass powder (optional, great for nourishing the nervous system)

2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional, good source of protein and omega fats)

1 cup milk (almond, rice, cow, goat)

1-2 cups water, depending on how thick you want your smoothie

1 tbsp maple syrup (I don’t use this, but you may want a little sweetness)

Need a protein boost?  A scoop of Vega chocolate plant-based protein is a good addition to this smoothie. 

Blend and enjoy!

 

In Keys to Calm, I list 3 other essential nutrients that are key to healing from anxiety.  Plus, you get an additional 4 recipes - all loaded with those nutrients!