Work is just right around the corner. Some people just dread Mondays because they are already anticipating stress. Well stress is good but at a certain amount of level. Work is good coz it means that we’re being productive and able to provide and sustain for ourselves and our family. We may disregard it but there are small ways to to easily fight stress through food. Yep!
Easy To Find Foods That Fight Stress
Stressful events are always there and they don’t even have to be big, just the daily hassles of life. When a person is stressed, it causes cortisol levels to rise. Cortisol is responsible for the food cravings. There are a lot of food that fights stress. But on this blog I’ll name a few that is easy to find.
Blueberries have some of the highest levels of an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. They’ve been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes, including sharper cognition. But all berries, including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are rich in vitamin C. Which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress. German researchers tested this by asking 120 people to give a speech, then do hard math problems. Those who had been given vitamin C had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol after the stress-fest.
These creamy fruits stress-proof your body. Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats. It can cause oxidative damage, avocados also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. A single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado) has plenty of B vitamins, too. Remember, this may technically be a fruit, but I count it as a fat, so use portion control. Thin sliced on sandwiches, it adds a whole new layer of flavor or just an Avocado Shake will do. 🙂
A study from the University of Pennsylvania tested chamomile supplements on 57 participants with generalized anxiety disorder for 8 weeks, and found it led to a significant drop in anxiety symptoms.And yes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is some evidence that, in addition to calming nerves, chamomile tea promotes sleep. Chamomile tea smells very relaxing too. Another one is Green tea. While it does contain caffeine, green tea also has an amino acid called theanine. Researchers at the University of Illinois say that in addition to protecting against some types of cancer, this slimming food is a brain booster as well, enhancing mental performance. I have blogged about Teas and you can read more on this link: Quick Guide to drinking Tea.
Besides the healthy antioxidants in this treat, which push chocolate to the top of most heart-healthy food lists, it has an undeniable link to mood. Of course, we’ve all been there, polishing off an entire package of chocolate after a bad day. But there’s evidence that, in moderation, chocolate does actually make you feel better. Dark chocolate, in particular, is known to lower blood pressure, adding to a feeling of calm. It contains more polyphenols and flavonols—two important types of antioxidants—than some fruit juices. You can safely allow yourself dark chocolate as a snack once a week, or as a conscious indulgence, and still stay on track with your weight loss results.
According to the Livestrong website, The hectic demands of today’s modern world can leave even the most composed person reaching for a candy bar or a bag of salty chips when hunger strikes. While the initial rush provides some temporary comfort, self-medicating with junk food can actually “amplify” anxiety and damage your health, Barbara Mendez, a nutritionist in New York City, notes in her recent “Inc.” article. The good news, Mendez says, is that you can choose to eat foods that can help to offset the negative effects of stress.
(Read more Foods that Fight Stress here.)
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