What to do for anxiety?

There are lots of natural ways in which to reduce anxiety and help you feel better. Some of them include:

A healthy diet: eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables, good-quality meat/fish, nuts and whole grains can lower the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Probiotics and fermented foods: such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh and kimchi have been associated with improving mental health, including anxiety. The gut-brain axis is complex but research has shown that a well-fed gut, with an abundance of plant-based diversity, can influence mood.

Reducing caffeine intake: excessive amounts of caffeine consumption may be worse for people who have anxiety and especially those with an anxiety disorder. That’s not to say never drink coffee but try cutting down to 1-2 cups in the morning, note down how you feel and if your symptoms improve.

Steering clear of alcohol: anxiety disorders and drinking too much alcohol are strongly linked so it may be a good idea to give up for a while to see if that makes a difference. There are some great alcohol alternatives out there, including TRIP CBD drinks, for alc-free good times and infused with natural adaptogens for stress-free sipping.

Not smoking: smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder and quitting is associated with improved mental health - giving it up is a no brainer!

Exercising regularly: although research is somewhat inconclusive on whether exercise helps those that have already been diagnosed, regular exercise is linked with a lower risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Meditation or yoga: meditation and yoga has been shown to reduce symptoms of those with anxiety, however more high-quality research is needed.

Taking CBD: CBD is becoming a popular way to reduce anxiety with ‘current evidence indicating CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders’. In particular, CBD oil may be beneficial due to its rapid absorption when combined with MCT oil. Check out TRIP CBD oils, the UK’s most trusted CBD supplier and ‘the CBD brand that tastes like a dream’ Dazed.

How do these studies say that CBD helps with anxiety?

Understanding CBD’s neurological effects is pretty complex because of the large number of receptors it interacts with. But it’s that complexity that may be key to it’s promise as a therapeutic agent. Anxiety disorders themselves are highly complex; they occur from multiple receptor and neural systems in the brain that are not fully understood themselves, so CBD’s multi-targeting effects could be vitally important to its potential aid in treating such disorders.

What we do know is that CBD interacts with our ECS (Endocannabinoid system), a network of receptors that help regulate our optimal balance, including anxiety, stress, sleep, pain and inflammation. Endocannabinoids bind to receptors (CB1 and CB2) with the effects of each dependent on which receptor was bound to. Although more research needs to be done, some experts believe that CBD may prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down, allowing them to have more of an effect on your body while others believe that it binds to a receptor that hasn’t yet been discovered.

While we are still finding out about all of the amazing properties of this compound, research studies have stated that CBD may help with a range of functions that affect our internal homeostasis, including anxiety. TRIP exists to help you find calm in everyday chaos - give it a go and let us know how you get on.

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