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Try This Calming Drink for Anxiety

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Drink this juice to relax and calm your nerves. Fresh herbs have many essential oil compounds that are incredibly beneficial for our central nervous system, while melon’s super hydrating abilities keep our minds sharp and smiling. By combining these herbs and fruit, this calming drink for anxiety helps cool and soothe our systems while aiding in regulating our emotions.

What’s In This Article?

This fresh melon, cilantro, and lemon juice is a great calming drink for anxiety that also tastes delicious!

When Anxiety Takes Over

The occasional or temporary experience of anxiety is a normal part of being human, just like joy, anger, and serenity, and serves an important purpose. It can protect us from harm, motivate us to do better, and help us deal with stressful situations.

When anxiety takes over, it's different from the occasional or situation-based anxiety we normally experience. It can cause problems in every day life.

Think about how a new parent might feel before the birth of their baby, or the student preparing for finals, or the person slamming on their brakes to avoid a car accident. All of those situations elicit temporary, situation-based anxiety. When anxiety becomes out of proportion, severe, or ongoing, this normal biological reaction can become problematic (1).

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

When the anxiety reaction becomes out of proportion, it can cause a person to change their behavior, like avoiding certain people or places and overreacting to triggering situations. Symptoms of anxiety can manifest not just in the mind but also in the body. Here are some examples of anxiety symptoms (2):

Mental Anxiety Symptoms

  • Trouble not worrying
  • Obsessively think about the object of worry
  • Feeling constantly in danger or a sense of impending doom
  • Being uneasy, anxious, or agitated
  • Avoid people, places, and situations that trigger anxiety
What are the symptoms of anxiety? There are both mental and physical ones, from obsessive thinking to insomnia.

Physical Anxiety Symptoms

  • Sweating regardless of the temperature – often called “cold sweats”.
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or other gastrointestinal issues
  • Listlessness or fatigue
  • Hyperventilation
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Trembling regardless of the temperature

What Causes Anxiety in the Brain?

Both the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety originate in the brain. Research into what causes anxiety points to neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter imbalances in the limbic system within the brain. There are also indications that physical damage in those brain components that make up the limbic system can also trigger anxiety (3).

What causes anxiety in the brain is the constant chatter between several different areas of the brain, allowing the fearful part to run rampant and unchecked by the thinking part of the brain.

Put a little more simply, anxiety is thought to be caused by the constant chatter between several different areas of the brain (4). Whether chemical or physical in origin, normal communication between the emotional and thinking/cognitive areas of the brain is disrupted, allowing the fearful part to run rampant.

What to Drink to Calm Nerves

Juicing is a great way to significantly increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, which is shown to improve symptoms of anxiety (5). In this recipe, I’ve selected ingredients that provide specific nutrients and properties that may help counter the symptoms of anxiety.

Fresh juice is a great drink to calm nerves, as it increases your intake of nutrient-dense, hydrating fresh fruits and vegetables that may help reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Dehydration is a known contributor to mood degradation (6). Honeydew melon contains not only 90% water but also water charged with electrolytes (like potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium) required to hydrate properly (7).

Cilantro is reputed to provide a calming, sedative effect on those who consume it (8). Lemons work to help counter depression and anxiety through both ingestion and smell. The aroma of fresh lemon raises our levels of norepinephrine (9), a brain chemical that boosts motivation and decision-making. Lemons are also full of vitamin C, which is known to lower stress hormones in the body (10).

An Excellent High Volume Juicer

Kuvings CS700 Juicer is a great machine for either the home or commercial juicer. It's an excellent high volume juicer for both home and commercial applications. It makes this and other juice recipes for anxiety in a flash!

I made the Mellow Melon on the Kuvings CS700X Juicer! It’s an excellent high volume juicer for both home and commercial use.

Top High Volume Juicer
    • Large 3.5" Feed Chute
    • Minimal Chopping Needed
    • Stainless Steel Juicing Bowl & Base
    • NSF Commercial Certification
    • 24 Hour Continual Run Time
    • 1-Year Limited Warranty
    • Smart Cap Ring Breaks Easily
    • Doesn't Fit on Counter Under Kitchen Cabinets
Top High Volume Juicer
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  • Large 3.5" Feed Chute
  • Minimal Chopping Needed
  • Stainless Steel Juicing Bowl & Base
  • NSF Commercial Certification
  • 24 Hour Continual Run Time
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Smart Cap Ring Breaks Easily
  • Doesn't Fit on Counter Under Kitchen Cabinets

The large 3.5″ feed chute means minimal chopping is needed, making juicing easy and fast. It gives good yield, as evidenced by the nice, dry pulp. The juice itself has little foam or pulp, both of which are highly desired in any juicer.

It boasts NSF commercial certification and a powerful 200W motor designed to run for up to 24 hours without stopping. It even comes standard with a stainless steel juicing bowl and base and is super easy to clean. This makes it a model supremely designed for high volume home and commercial kitchen use.

Here’s the Recipe!

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Honeydew, cilantro, and lemon juice combine to create a calming drink for anxiety.

Mellow Melon


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  • Author: JuiceFeaster
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 40 fl oz 1x

Description

Relax and calm your nerves with this refreshing juice filled with fresh herbs and melon.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Honeydew Melon
  • 1 Bundle of Cilantro
  • 1 Lemon

Instructions

  1. Peel, deseed (optional), and chop the melon.
  2. Wash and pat dry the cilantro.
  3. Peel (optional) the lemon.
  4. Run all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!!

Notes

For melons, I typically peel but don’t deseed them before juicing. I like the little bit of seed oil that gets expressed in the juicing process. It lends a creamy texture to the finished juice.

I also don’t peel my citrus if only one or two pieces are in a recipe. That way, I get the benefits found in the peel’s oil and not too much of the bitter aftertaste. Experiment to see how much, if any, citrus peel you like to leave intact.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Juicing for Health

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