If you’re experiencing nervousness, racing thoughts, difficulty getting to sleep, or even panic during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. This is an extremely stressful time; it’s only natural that we’d feel a little amped and uneasy.
If you’re having trouble relaxing, avoiding sugar and caffeine is a must. These ingredients can further stress our bodies and set us up for anxiety. On the flip side, there are foods that can help support our nervous system, increase our resiliency to stress, and even make us feel calm right after we eat them.
A fermented drink that falls somewhere between yogurt and milk, kefir is a great addition to your social distancing routine. It can be made from dairy milk or nut milk and contains high amounts of beneficial bacteria, which support a healthy gut microbiome. At first glance, our gut health might seem unrelated to our nervous systems, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Studies have shown not only that stress can alter the microbiome in undesirable ways, but that anxiety could actually be alleviated by regulating gut bacteria.