Use Food to Reduce Stress

June 8, 2015

 

Usually when someone talks about stress eating it is in a negative light. I am here to tell you, you can eat yourself to a relaxed state.  Now I’m not talking comfort food like mac n’ cheese or a big bowl of ice cream- for obvious reasons, those types of food can lead to weight gain; which leads to more stress. What I mean is healthy foods that are scientifically proven to help combat stress.

 

Asparagus- This lovely green veggie contains lots of B vitamins. Critical nutrients for the mind and memory, B vitamins quell anxiety, lift depression and boost your energy.

 

Walnuts- Research has proven that these shelled marvels provide more than one kind of cognitive edge. They contain alpha- linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols that have been shown to help prevent memory loss. And studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that the omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check.

 

Honey-  Besides being a natural skin moisturizer and antibiotic, honey also provides compounds that reduce inflammation in the brain, meaning it fights depression and anxiety. Choose honey that is local and- when available- raw to get the most benefits

 

Dark chocolate- It may be an acquired taste, but dark chocolate is great for stress reduction. Dark chocolate regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and stabilizes metabolism. Watch the amount you eat though (1.5 oz is the daily recommended amount).

 

Green tea- The warm liquid its self is a wonderful calming agent, but you take a look inside and see Green tea is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.

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