Going to the dentist is a breeze for some, but for others regular appointments or special procedures are an unfortunate source of stress and anxiety. No need to fret! We’ve got a couple of breakfast suggestions to fill you up and take the edge off before your next appointment.
Oatmeal Topped with Blueberries, Almonds, and Chia Seeds
Oatmeal is a tryptophan-rich food. Tryptophan is a calming, essential amino acid that acts as a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Basically, that means it is a substance that helps release the stuff in your brain that makes you feel good. Oatmeal is great for relaxation and stress reduction. It’s best to go with thick-cut, “old-fashioned” oats rather than instant oatmeal. With more fiber, they’ll keep you fuller (and calmer) for longer.
Now for the magic toppings. We’ve picked some anti-anxiety toppings to boost this natural remedy. First up — blueberries! This fruit is known for being packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. When you’re stressed or anxious, your body needs antioxidants and vitamin C to help protect and repair your cells.
The next calming topping is almonds! These nuts have lots of magnesium and vitamin E. Magnesium is an excellent anxiety-reducer because it, like oats, promotes the production of serotonin (a feel-good hormone) in the brain. Vitamin E has been studied for its stress-relieving effects on the brain.
A trendy superfood, chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce anxiety. Stress and anxiety start in your head, and omega-3 fatty acids promote healthy overall brain function.
Avocado Toast Topped with Eggs
If you don’t feel like oatmeal, here’s another great breakfast for de-stressing your day! Avocado toast has been popping up on brunch menus across the country—and for good reason. This is a fast, healthy breakfast packed with “stress-less” superfoods.
Full of healthy fats, avocados are also known for their anxiety-reducing properties. Avocados are packed with vitamin B. If you don’t get enough of this vitamin, levels of stress and anxiety tend to rise.
Like almonds, eggs have a high magnesium content. Magnesium is a calming mineral that promotes relaxation. An Austrian study found that mice with magnesium deficiencies showed signs of increased anxiety.
Once you’ve smashed your avocado onto your toast and added your egg on top, you can add a couple more brain-boosters if you’d like. Spinach pairs well with this breakfast and is another great source of magnesium. Those chia seeds from our oatmeal recipe can also top your toast for another superfood boost!
Stressful Foods. While there are lots of foods out there that help with anxiety, there are also a few that can actually increase it. Sadly, many of the foods and drinks we reach for as comfort in stressful times actually make the situation worse. Alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and sugar all increase anxiety levels, so you might want to consider avoiding these in the days leading up to your appointment.