Ahh! I am so stressed out!😭
I can’t seem to get anything done because I feel so overwhelmed!
Have you ever felt like that or feel like that currently?
Busy schedules, work deadlines, and other environmental factors can promote stress and reduce your body’s natural defenses.
Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to combat stress.
Healthy eating has a positive effect in reducing stress in a natural and effective way.
I know I know you hear this all the time, but it’s true!
If you got a chance to read my last post on how Food Affects Your Mood then you now know how food can make you happy or unhappy.
The 5 top foods I am going to talk to you today can help you combat stress.
Blueberries are a proven stress buster.
It is crammed with antioxidants such as anthocyanin, that revive and rejuvenates damaged cells in the body and improves your immune system.
In addition to that, it neutralizes free radicals in the body and prevents cell damage.
So it heals your cells as well as prevent further damage!
These berries are also linked to more health benefits including sharper concentration, better focus, and a clearer mind all of which can help you better deal with stress.
2. Dark Chocolate 🍫
Although it’s usually seen as an unhealthy treat, there is an undeniable link between chocolate and your mood.
Studies have shown that eating chocolate can actually make you happier.
However, it is not recommended to start munching on chocolate bars every time your stressed out.
They are still not the healthiest option, but every now and then is good.
Chocolate works best as a de-stressor when eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy diet.
By the way, not all chocolates are created equal and have the same power at combating stress effectively.
Unfortunately to all you milk🥛chocolate🍫 lovers ❤️ out there, only dark chocolate has this effect.
Dark chocolate, in particular, is best for you, as it contains more flavonols and polyphenols, which are 2 very important antioxidants that can help combat stress, more than many fruit juices.
Both of these antioxidants have a relaxing effect on your body.
Studies reveal that consumption of dark chocolate shows a reduction in cortisol (stress hormone), thereby relieving stress.
The cocoa has a high amount of antioxidants that can lower your blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels.
Experts say, to go for chocolate that has over 70% cocoa to feel that calming effect.
3. Avocados 🥑
If you are not trying to lose weight, avocados may prove to be beneficial for combating stress.
This creamy fruit contains glutathione that blocks the absorption of fats responsible for oxidative damage.
This fruit also makes you feel more satisfied.
I usually would add some avocado to my smoothies.
This keeps you fuller longer.
Avocados also contain higher levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene than any other fruit, which boosts their stress-busting properties.
However, try to use portion control when eating this awesome fruit as it is high in fat.
Consider limiting your intake by adding just half an avocado into your lunch.
Nuts have always been a great snack, but cashews have an added advantage.
The crunchy nut is packed with proteins and omega-3s that reduce cravings and make you feel full.
They are rich in zinc that helps in preventing stress.
Zinc deficiency is one of the major causes of stress and anxiety.
So, replenishing your zinc levels may help in preventing stress altogether.
Having a few cashews every day may be beneficial for anyone.
They can also be a great snack for those trying to lose weight due to its high protein content.
It’s a win-win situation!
If you are missing out on some vital vitamins, check out my recommended daily vitamins page HERE.
5. Salmon 🐟
Eating salmon has many health benefits.
The major one being stress relief of course.
This fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Studies show that it helps in reducing the stress hormone cortisol as well as adrenaline.
It also induces a calming effect.
People who consume salmon on a regular basis have shown a decrease in their overall stress levels as compared to those who do not.
In addition to that, salmon is also a great food for your heart.
So if you enjoy fish then I say give this one a try!
To Wrap Things Up…
There are many foods out there that can help to reduce stress.
These were the top 5 foods that can help you do that.
Try to incorporate these foods into your diet regularly and begin to see the stress melt away.
Did you know that you can eat your way to a calmer self?
To the eating your stress away,
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