Hello All, Firstly I wish to thank you for stopping by again. Today we are going to look at 8 foods you can eat to help to reduce stress & Anxiety. We will Look at why they help you, from a scientific point of view.
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Many people are struggling to keep their stress and anxiety levels on an even keel. You do what has been recommended to you by your doctor, you attend sessions with your therapist, take your medication as prescribed, and have a good support system of family and friends?
The problem is, a lot of people think that taking the medication, talking to a professional and having heart to hearts with others is all it takes to get better. You need to change your diet as well. If you haven’t tried changing what you eat then you may be missing a very important opportunity to bring your stress and anxiety under control.
Medical professionals are starting to understand a whole lot more about how the nutritional properties of the foods we eat affect our brains. “There is a clear and important connection between the brain and the gut,” explains Jodi Godfrey, MS, RD, a health and nutrition educator. “Researchers now refer to the gut as the second brain. When essential nutrients are not sufficiently available, there is a direct effect on the production of neurotransmitters and brain chemistry that can increase or lessen anxiety-related behaviors.”
When you feel stressed, food can be one of your best friends to help to alleviate the feelings as long as you eat the correct foods in the right quantities. Eating comfort food is not the answer. Sugar makes you feel good for a short time but in the long run it makes the symptoms of stress worse.
If changing your diet does not appeal to you then you could learn from this article as well. Mastering Stress Naturally
The Good Foods To Eat :
- Dark Chocolate
- Citrus Fruits
- Whole Grains
- Calcium Rich Foods
- Fiber Friendly Foods
This is my personal favorite, Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and they help to reduce stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol.
The other way it helps is the fact it tastes great, which makes you feel happy naturally.
The recommended amount to eat is 1 ounce a day.
Almonds, pistachios and Walnuts are full of B vitamins, healthy fatty acids and nutrients which are an important part of a healthy diet and can help reduce stress.
Pistachios also contain a high healthy fat content, lots of fiber and antioxidants which help to keep blood vessels open and relaxed during stressful moments
Cashews Contain Magnesium and that has been linked to better anxiety levels.
The recommended amount to eat is a handful a day.
Oranges, Mandarins, Strawberries, Grapefruit and Lemons all contain vitamin C. Studies have shown consuming vitamin C helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
The recommended amount to eat is 500 mg a day.
This super food contains stress relieving Omega 3 fatty Acids.these acids help to improve your mood, give your concentration a lift and relieve Anxiety. They also contain Fiber and other Nutrients.
Have you ever tried guacamole? It tastes delicious. I’m not a fan of Avocados But I do like Guacamole.
Whole Grains (1)
Sweet potatoes and Whole grain Breads contain carbohydrates that can improve levels of Serotonin, once the feel good levels of serotonin increase they help to boost your mood and can also boost your concentration.
Not all carbs are good for you, the ones to avoid are white breads, white pasta, cakes and biscuits.
Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Halibut and Sardines are all classed as fatty fish because they all contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which has been proven to help with Depression and Anxiety.
It is recommended to eat fish twice a week.
If you don’t like fish you could eat seaweed, Chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and fortified food, such as certain brands of milk, soy milk, and nut milk. You can also try omega-3 supplements in the form of Fish Oil.
Calcium Rich Foods
Calcium is a huge stress reducer, having a cup of warm milk before bed helps you to sleep better, therefore reducing the feelings of tiredness and stress. If you don’t like milk, other dairy products like yogurt and cheese, are excellent sources of calcium. If you are lactose intolerant, tinned salmon, Almonds, sunflower seeds, and green leafy vegetables like Broccoli , turnip greens, and Kale are also good sources of calcium.
Fiber Friendly Foods
Eating foods high in Fiber such as beans, peas, berries, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, and lots of greens, like kale, spinach and broccoli. Whole grains are also full of fiber. The high fiber content in these foods helps to lower stress, Anxiety and Depression.
My Final Thoughts
Stress Anxiety and Depression can all be helped a great deal by eating the right foods in the right amounts. The 8 foods listed have been studied and tested by various institutions around the world and found to make a difference to people suffering from one, two or all three of these conditions.
We have been taught all of our lives to eat a healthy balanced diet to keep our bodies functioning properly, this also helps to keep our mind in sinc in the process.
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Take good care of yourself because you are worth it.
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