Don’t Stress. Eat instead!
What does your stress tell about you? For some people the increase in heartbeat or the slight feeling of nausea is enough to indicate that they are either getting anxious or too overwhelmed. Some people tend to do stress eating when they feel stressed out and it may lead to weight gain if the food choice is unhealthy. But, do you know you can actually de-stress yourself with these healthy foods? Image Courtesy : ibnlive.
Salmon and tuna fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help prevent stress. These fish may also protect against heart disease and mood disorders like depression and PMS. According to a recent study, consumption of fatty fish might help in alleviating the feelings of anxiety during pregnancy. Eat 3 ounces of salmon and tuna twice a week to get enough supply of omega 3s. Image Courtesy: Getty
Turkey consists of an amino acid called L-tryptophan which triggers release of the “feel-good” chemical called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin not only promotes calmness but it also reduces tiredness. It is best to choose white meat cuts of turkey in order to limit fat and calorie intake. But, make sure you stick to a 3-ounce serving, which is the size of a deck of cards. Image Courtesy: Getty
Nuts like almonds and walnuts are rich in vitamin B and E which makes them very helpful in boosting immune system and reducing blood pressure. The mineral zinc from these nuts helps in the production of serotonin and metabolization of fatty acids. Zinc from the nuts can also boost the immune system which gets weakened due to stress. Brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts, cashews, and pecans are some of the sources of Zinc. Image Courtesy: Getty
Avocados are considered good for healthy nerves and brain cells as they are rich source of B vitamins. Research has shown that feelings of anxiety may be linked to deficiency of vitamin B. One of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure involves consumption of sufficient amount of potassium says National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The monounsaturated fat and potassium from avocados help in lowering blood pressure. Half of an avocado contains 487 milligrams of potassium which is more than what you will get from a medium-sized banana. Image Courtesy: Getty
Oranges are loaded with vitamin C which helps them lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol. When you feel stressed, the vitamin C levels starts to deplete. Hence, it becomes more crucial that you consume more vitamin C rich foods during times of stress. You can eat whole orange or drink a glass of fresh orange juice without added sugar. Image Courtesy: Getty
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and they help repair and protect your body from the effects of stress. Low-calorie blueberries can provide you enough dose of stress-fighting vitamin C. Our body tends to require more antioxidants and vitamin c during stressful times to protect cells from getting damaged. Having blue berries on a regular basis will help you reduce stress levels. Image Courtesy: Getty
Can your diet trigger headaches and fatigue? Well, yes if your diet does not have enough magnesium as it may trigger headaches and fatigue compounding the effects of stress. Magnesium is an essential mineral as it tends to reduce the stress levels by keeping you in a calm state. One of the best sources of this mineral is spinach. You may eat it in salads or cook it with garlic and olive oil. Image Courtesy: Getty