Stress can affect your body and health, unless you learn to manage it. Are you stress out at work? Stop using those pills that make you addicted. Foods can calm you down.
What you eat can have a profound effect on how you feel and can help reduce the risk of stress and promoting vitality and energy.
Here are 10 foods that will make your life happy, a lot easier, with minimum stress and keep you healthy:
Oatmeal Carbs help you produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps fight anxiety’s negative effects-which is probably why many of us crave them when we’re stressed. “When you eat a carbohydrate, your body sends an amino acid called tryptophan into the brain to trigger the manufacture of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel tranquil and better able to cope,” says Wurtman. Avocado Avocados will do wonders for your stress levels by lowering blood pressure with their tag team of nutrients, potassium and monounsaturated fats. Half an avocado a day should do the trick; slice it and add to a green salad,or mash it up to make instant guacamole and eat it with baked corn tortillas. Walnuts A handful is all you need to tame stress. Walnuts contain fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids,all of which have been linked to lower blood pressure in studies. Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate that contains 80% cocoa. Eating dark chocolate lowered stress level hormones by reducing cortisol and catecholamines both stress loving hormones. Spinach and Broccoli Studies show that magnesium, and vitamin B which you’ll find in spinach or in broccoli improves your body’s response to stress. Water Sipping stress away.Drink water when you wake up 2 glasses, 30 minutes before your meal 1 glass , before taking a shower 1 glass, before going to bed 1 glass. Wine “A glass of wine acts as a central nervous system depressant;it initially relaxes us and lowers blood pressure,” says Kleiner. Milk “The protein in milk, has been shown to decrease anxiety and frustration,”says Susan Kleiner, Ph.D.A glass of warm milk really is calming. Every night before going to bed have a cup of warm milk. Orange and Parsley When your boss gives you hard time just start drinking fresh orange juice with fresh parsley.The secret anti stress ingredient in parsley and orange is Vitamin C,which can lower the blood pressure and also brought down the stressful cortisol levels back to normal. Blueberries Their antioxidants counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body.
- Light and easy meals
- Eat light like salads, steam vegetables, grill chicken or fish. Fish it is great for stress. Salmon: Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids-abundant in fish like salmon-can help reverse stress symptoms by boosting serotonin levels. Any pasta , potatoes or rice for evening meals are good too. Avoid big portions. Drink water, herbal teas and fresh fruit juices. Fresh fruits, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, walnuts are also great anti-stress foods.
- Avoid these nutritional downers if you want to stay in good spirit: doughnuts, bacon, big portions, excess caffeine and alcohol.