When stress comes along into your life, you are more likely to opt-in for those traditional ‘comfort’ foods such as fast food and possibly alcohol(aka wine/beer). Let’s face it…we’ve all found some comfort in a tasty, greasy hamburger with french fries on the side, a bottle of beer or a glass of wine when we’ve been stressed out or upset about something. However, this isn’t a good permanent solution.
When you’re turning to unhealthy foods each time you are down in the dumps, you can feel better temporarily. In the long run, you will feel worse. When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, and in some cases less able to concentrate. All of this can lead to even more stress and then the cycle continues.
Foods That Fight Stress
If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods can help to alleviate stress and which ones to avoid to help you to combat stress and anxiety. The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy, balanced diet which includes a moderate amount of each of the different food groups.
Filling up on foods such as whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of your diet, is the best way to ensure that your body is getting the optimum amount of nutrients. This will aid in fighting both physical and mental health problems.
There are many foods out there that have a range of great properties to combat stress. Choosing stress-busting foods will aid the body in healing and calming your mind, rather than providing a temporary fix. Take a look at my ‘Top 5 Foods That Combat Stress’. Add the foods from that list to this new one and you have your stress fight diet! Let’s take a look at some other foods and drinks you can add to your list…
It’s not all about what you’re eating when it comes to managing stress. What you’re drinking can also alleviate or worsen stress too. Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly. Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother and it has also been used in clinical trials. Those trials determined that this tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
Green Leafy Vegetables
These are just some of the many different foods that help to reduce your stress levels. Try to incorporate these different food items into your diet and begin to enjoy a calmer you!
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To your health,
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