Want to reduce stress? Eat these foods!
Life can be stressful. Work, kids, emails, and countless activities- it’s easy to reach for “comfort foods” that are high in fat and calories. Pizza, fried foods, and sugary desserts are often more appealing when we’re anxious or overwhelmed and we just want food! Unfortunately, these foods are probably doing more harm than good. They can make you feel sluggish and cause a crash in blood sugar levels, which can make you feel exhausted and shaky. Not to mention they don’t provide nearly enough of the nutrition your body needs.
Instead of stuffing your face with unhealthy junk food the next time you’re stressed, eat foods that can replenish vital nutrients and make you feel better and less stressed. This can help you feel more focused, calm, and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you.
10 Foods That Reduce Stress:
Bananas contain potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, and other nutrients which help reduce heart disease and can provide a calming effect.
Healthy antioxidants along with vitamin C has been shown to reduce stress hormones and may lower blood pressure.
The vitamins and antioxidants in blueberries help your body fight off stress and boost your immune system.
The antioxidants and compounds in green tea can prevent cell damage, and a chemical called theanine helps you relax.
Almonds & Nuts
The magnesium and healthy fats in nuts help the brain function better, and the zinc found in most nuts can calm your nerves.
Salmon contains choline which is a special nutrient that helps with brain function. Also, healthy omega-3 fats also keep you focused.
The fat in avocados is heart-healthy and can help steady blood sugar levels. Vitamins B, C, and E help the body cope with stress and anxiety.
Spinach & Broccoli
Green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables are rich in folate and magnesium. These help the brain release calming signals.
Milk & Yogurt
The probiotics in yogurt can calm a stressed tummy, and the vitamin D in fortified dairy helps fight anxiety and depression.
In small amounts, dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and give you a feeling of happiness and calm. And it goes great with a glass of milk!
What healthy foods do you reach for when life stresses you out? Tell me in the comments below!