Did you know that there are foods out there that can help you be more relaxed? There isn’t a cure all food to magically erase frustration, but some foods can help with stress relief along with a combo of exercising and eating small meals throughout the day
1. Whole-Wheat Pretzels
By eating some carbo-rich foods, it will give you an energy boost and triggers the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin. Opting for a whole-grain snack (cereals, pretzels, bread, crackers, etc.) provides extra fiber too.
Sometimes munching on crunchy foods also helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy veggies offer the crispness but won’t add too many calories.
Try calming frazzled nerves with a steaming cup of your favorite tea blend. The soothing warmth of tea’s and it’s compounds work together to level off your body’s response to stress. Chamomile tea is one good example and also Tulsi tea
Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. There are a few varieties of nuts such as almonds, pistachios and walnuts which contain vitamin E and zinc. Both are good for boosting your immune system. These nuts are a good source of the B vitamins, and they can help your body manage stress, too. Since nuts are high in the healthy fats, a 1/4-cup is plenty
5. Swiss Chard
Swiss chard and other leafy veggies like spinach are full of magnesium and can help control and limit your body’s release of the stress spiking hormone cortisol. Why not try some wilted greens in soups, pasta or a rice dish. They also taste great just sautéed with olive oil and garlic.
By adding some yogurt, you add calcium into your diet. With a sprinkle of nuts and some fresh fruit it will turn it into an ultra-satisfying snack. Yogurt contains probiotics that help create a healthy and calm digestive system.
Chocolate seems to be the cure to what ails us and some scientific results have shown there’s proof to back it up. Research indicates that only dark chocolate seems to help lower levels of the stress hormones. Chocolate contains sugar which is a carbohydrate so it releases the mood-improving serotonin. Don’t indulge too much; 1 oz is more than enough.
A glass of milk will help with the B vitamins, vitamin D and calcium which is suppose to relieve tense muscles. Stick to the low-fat or skim varieties of milk and add it to some whole-grain cereal in the morning or sip on some chocolate milk around bedtime to bring on more restful sleep.
9. Banana and Avocado
Both the banana and avocado are loaded with potassium, it’s a mineral for keeping blood pressure low. By adding a sliced banana to your morning oatmeal or a half-cup of sliced avocado to a sandwich, that will cover your potassium needs for the day.
10. Fatty Fish
The heart-healthy omega fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels are suppose to help keep you calm,. They’re also good for just about every part of your body, including the eyes, skin and hair. Salmon is very easy to prepare, why not give it a try.
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