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Stress Relief Food For The Stressed Out Individual

Stress-Relief-Foods

I’m sure there are some of you out there that wish food could magically erase stress. (I’d eat for the rest of my life!) Adding these foods to your daily diet and eat your way to a relaxed state and great for stress relief – Now I don’t mean going all out piggy on high-calorie junk food. The combination of exercising and eating small meals during the day are great ways to relieve stress and ease frustration.

Whole-Wheat Pretzels

Our brains have a feel-good chemical called serotonin. By eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates not only gives us an energy boost and stress relief. It also triggers the brain to release serotonin A.K.A feel-good chemical. Eating whole-grain snacks like cereals, bread and crackers provide extra fiber too.

Carrots

One of the ways I found that helps beat stress is eating crunchy foods. Carrots, celery and other crunchy nutrient-rich veggies won’t have you worried about consuming too much calories and offer a satisfying crispness.

Tea

Nothing helps combat stress better than a hot cup of your favourite blend tea. The tea’s plant compounds together with the soothing warmth is a recipe to level off your body’s response to stress. I recommend herbal and Rooibos tea.  Rooibos tea has many medicinal properties. Rooibos calms nerves. While not actually a sedative (it won’t make you sleepy), rooibos moderates nervous system activity and brings you back to a feeling of ‘centre’.  Studies has proven that Rooibos heals sun damaged cells.

Nuts

Stress can leave you open to sickness. Nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts are very high in vitamin E and zinc and help boost your immune system. The bonus these nuts offer is that they are good sources of B-vitamins that help the body manage stress.

Spinach

Spinach contains a lot of magnesium and a single serving will cover 40% of your daily need. Our bodies release the hormone cortisol which can cause a spiking in your stress levels. Getting more magnesium results in your body controlling and limiting the release of cortisol. Enough about science, wilted greens make a great addition to rice dishes, pasta’s and soup. Or just quickly fry (sauté) in some olive oil and garlic.

Yogurt

Get enough calcium into your diet with non-fat or low-fat yogurt. Yogurt helps create a healthy digestive system and can help with stress relief. Because of the probiotics found in fermented dairy products and may be beneficial for digestive and gastrointestinal conditions. Speaking of yogurt…. When travelling to foreign countries, it is vital to eat local yogurt. This ensures that your body get the country’s natural bacteria into your system. Which in turn will help you digest foreign foods easier.

Chocolate

Everyone knows that a chocolate can cure almost anything. Funny enough, there is science to back it up. According to the research, they found that dark chocolate may be able to lower the levels of stress hormones. It also contains sugar (a carbohydrate) as mentioned earlier in the article. So, it releases the feel-good chemical (serotonin) which improves your overall mood.

Milk

Milk contains B-vitamins, protein, vitamin D and calcium to build those bones and help relieve tense muscles. If you don’t like it on its own, add some whole-grain cereal in the morning for breakfast.

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