Drink Yourself Calm

I have suffered from severe anxiety for as long as I can remember. Racing heart. Tightness in your chest. Sweaty palms. Shortness of breath. The feeling of being out of control of your own body is a feeling that I dread.

 

Here are three of my favorite drinks that I turn to when I feel my anxiety spiraling out of control, or when I just need to feel an extra sense of calm.

 

 

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Refreshing Lavender Lemonade

1 scoop Vital Proteins Lavender Lemon Beauty Collagen

1/4 tsp honey (or sweetener of choice)

8 oz water

A handful of ice (optional)

 

Why it works:

Lavender contains a compound known as Linalyl acetate that has both relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties. “When inflammatory processes happen within the body, one of the first things to be affected is the gut and the microbiome. Stress produces inflammatory cytokines that can actually alter the way that the gut, brain, and nervous system response. This can include the development of depression, anxiety, and leaky gut” (MCNEW, 2018).

Collagen is a key component in healing your gut. Leaky gut increases your inflammatory response, therefore causing an increased chance of an anxiety attack. The collagen in this drink help to strengthen and repair your gut lining, improving the bodies response to anxiety in the future. Added bonus: it leads to beautiful skin and hair!

 

 

 

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Relaxing Reishi Hot Chocolate

Option 1:

8-12 oz hot water or nut milk of choice

1/2 tsp reishi (I get mine from Sun Potion)

1.5 Tbsp coconut milk powder

1 Tbsp cocoa

2.5 tsp coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)

A pinch of sea salt

A pinch of cinnamon (optional)

1 scoop Primal Kitchen Chocolate Collagen Fuel (optional)

***note: I make a large batch of this and then just take a scoop from the jar so that I am not having to get out so many ingredients every time I want to make hot cocoa.

 

Options 2:

8-12 oz hot water or nut milk of choice

1 packet Four Sigmatic Hot Cocoa with Reishi

1 scoop Primal Kitchen Chocolate Collagen Fuel (optional)

 

Why it works:

Reishi mushroom is an adaptogen known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue, and anti-stress properties. It can assist in lowering blood pressure, which rises during anxiety and also increases circulation, helping to get more blood flow to your brain, lowering the inflammatory response caused by anxiety and stress.

 

 

 

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Rejuvenating CBD Match Latte

8-12 oz hot nut milk of choice

1 dropper full CBD drops (The brand I currently have is CBDfx, but I am still haven’t found a favorite so if you have any suggestions please let me know)

1 Tbsp Lakanto Matcha Latte Powder (or 1 tsp ceremonial grade matcha powder + sweetener of choice)

 

Why it works:

To be honest, there is not much solid scientific research on how CBD reduces anxiety. What we do know is that it binds to endocannabinoids in the brain. These are neurotransmitters that are expressed throughout the central nervous system. “The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of the brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress” (Komorowski, 2007). Other things we know is that it is pretty safe and has minimal side effects. It’s difficult to overdose on CBD, allowing you to take it multiple times throughout the day, instead of just once or twice like most pharmaceuticals for anxiety. However, exact dosing remains to be a large question, as some people need to take up to 600mg to see an effect. This large amount cannot always be cost-effective, as CBD is already relatively expensive, especially since it is not covered by insurance. Everyone also seems to have an opinion on which brand is the most effective. Personally, this has been somewhat of an issue for me since I feel like I am constantly searching for a brand that is more effective than the last (if anyone has any recommendations please comment below…thanks!). In conclusion, CBD seems like a safe, natural alternative for controlling anxiety.

 

 

I hope these elixirs help you manage your anxiety as much as they help me. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @wholesomemorgan with your pictures of you trying out these recipes.

 

 

 

 

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Citations:

 

Komorowski, J., & Stepień, H. (2007). The role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of endocrine function and in the control of energy balance in humans. Retrieved April 10, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17369778/

 

MCNEW, A (2018). How Anxiety can Trigger Your Inflammation. [online] Blog.paleohacks.com. Available at https://blog.paleohacks.com/anxiety-inflammation/#

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