Healthy Drinks that Combat Depression and Anxiety (Slideshow)

Chamomile Tea

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Studies show the chemical apignenin in chamomile has anxiety-reducing properties. Steep some tea in hot water, or drink it cool over ice. This drink has a mild and naturally sweet flavor that is easy to enjoy.


Kale Smoothies

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Drinks and foods rich in folates can stave off the blues: think dark, leafy greens packed with Vitamin B-12.

Brazil Nut Smoothies

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Because brazil nuts are so dense in cell-protecting selenium, you don't need many to get what you need! Add one or two brazil nuts to a smoothie in order to increase its richness, flavor, and healthfulness.

Berry-Infused Seltzer

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Rich in antioxidants and anthocyanin, berries can sharpen concentration as well as aid in reducing the symptoms of your anxiety. Muddle some into the bottom of your seltzer for a pop of flavor and health benefits.

Yogurt or Tofu Smoothies

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Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression. Found in fortified dairy products like milk and yogurt, getting enough Vitamin D can be easy if you use yogurt as a base ingredient. Vitamin D is also abundant in tofu, so smoothies can be adapted for vegan-friendly recipes. 

​Dark Chocolate Shakes

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Dark chocolate can stimulate neurotransmitters like seratonin and dopamine, providing a feeling of wellness. Packed with flavonoids and polyphenols, if you top shake with a few shavings of dark chocolate, your taste buds, brain, and body will thank you. 

Coffee

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Ok, we just said that coffee can also really destroy your emotional health in excess, but there's also evidence that a cup of joe — one cup, mind you — can help manage symptoms of depression.

Banana Smoothies

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It's not hard to love bananas in your smoothie: there's a reason this fruit is a classic for the blender. It's even easier to love them when they are one of the best whole sources of B6, a vitamin linked to alleviating depression.  

Flax Milk

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Substitute flax milk for dairy in your morning smoothie, and you'll up your intake of omega-3s, which have been shown in clinical studies to aid people who suffer from depression.

Water

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It seems obvious, right? Drink water, aid digestion, facilitate circulationm and your body's own restorative capacities? Yes. Get creative and add flair to your hydrating life-source: freeze fresh herbs into ice cubes to add to your water. Mint, lemongrass, or even fresh citrus can liven up ordinary tap water.