Food is actually the last resort for everything. You get hungry, you eat. You feel not-so-energetic, you eat. Now, if you feel stressed, all you need to do is eat because food can help you get rid of the stress along with offering you the required nutrients.
You wake up early in the morning for a job interview and you are freaking out with high stress levels. To beat stress at that point of time pour out some orange juice and drink it. Undoubtedly, orange is a great source of Vitamin C which is a magical constituent known to reduce the levels of blood pressure and cortisol.
Spinach is rich in magnesium. If our body does not get enough of magnesium then it may triggers migraine headaches which would automatically make you feel fatigued and cranky. So, add spinach to your diet by adding it to the salads and sandwiches.
Oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates which stimulate the brain to produce more serotonin, the same chemical release when you eat dark chocolate. In fact the more slowly your body absorbs the carbohydrates; the steadier is the flow of serotonin. The result is that you will reduce the chances of snapping people and lesser the stress levels.
Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids block the release of stress hormones, cortisol. Subsequently, it reduces tension in the nerves and calms your mind. Numerous studies indicate that high consumption of fish lead to decrease in the incidences of depression and other mental health conditions such as Alzheimer. So eat fish and feel the magic of the archenemy of stress – omega-3 fatty acids.
This green veggie, asparagus is high on folic acid, which can very well help in stabilizing broad spectrum of your mood. Like other stress relieving foods, asparagus too stimulates secretion of serotonin in the brain to eliminate stress.
Foods which aren’t loaded with sugar but high on protein can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels. So, mix cottage cheese which is high in protein and calcium with a fruits that is high in Vitamin C such as oranges. Vitamin C present in orange will fight free radicals which are release when you are working under stress.
Potassium and monounsaturated fats present in avocados help in lowering blood pressure level. This is one of the best ways, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to keep a thorough check on blood pressure.
Crunch and crush some almonds to get aggression out of you. Almonds are rich in Vitamin B2 and E, magnesium and zinc. The first two are primarily responsible for secretion of serotonin, a hormone which induces a feeling of well-being whereas zinc helps fight stress. In addition Vitamins B2 and E prevent any diseases caused by stress such as cardiovascular diseases by fighting the free radicals associated with stress.
Brain production of serotonin is very sensitive and extremely dependent on our diet. Eating green, yellow and orange veggies can brain’s serotonin secretion. This happens because of improved absorption of the amino acid L Tryptophan which is present in vegetables. Conversely, even if meat contains safer form of L Tryptophan it will have to compete with various other amino acids for absorption. In the process L- Tryptophan loses out. So, choose veggies over meat, especially during stressful times.
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