FOODS FOR STRESS RELIEF
Stress can take a toll on your body’s natural defenses, but eating the right foods
can offer relief. When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is
booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine.
Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels,
what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Indeed, some foods may
help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response. There’s stress
eating and then there’s eating to reduce stress. Here are healthy foods that could
help fight stress. And since stress and weight gain are intertwined, these foods
may also help you lose weight!
Just the thought of sipping a mug of hot tea sounds calming, doesn’t it? Green
tea contains an acid that is receiving increasing scrutiny due to its potential
effects on mood disorders. It has anti-anxiety and calming effects.
These versatile Lil guys are helpful at busting stress. Flax and chia are seeds with
the highest amount of healthy omega-3s, so stock up on them. They make great
salad toppers, soup toppers, yogurt toppers… they’re TOP notch!
Yogurt contains healthy bacteria. There is emerging evidence that these bacteria
and fermented products have positive effects on brain health. Yogurt and other
dairy products also produce an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
Eating dark chocolate every day can reduce stress. However, it’s not proven yet
but who does not love to eat chocolate! It contains flavonols, which are
antioxidants that may benefit brain function.
Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian and South-East Asian cooking. The
active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Curcumin may help lower anxiety
by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress that often increase in people
experiencing mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.