Stressed? Use these Foods as Stress Reducers

 Stress Reducers

Use These Food to Reduce Stress

“There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.”Kenneth H. Cooper

Have you thought about what you eat? With the hustle and bustle of modern life anyone can forget about the importance of the foods we put into our bodies.

Since you’re busy you probably find it difficult to eat a completely balanced diet all the time. That’s understandable, but by adding a few stress reducers to your diet you can reduce your stress levels.

Some of these stress reducers might work for you while others may not. In order to figure out what works best try them all and then start eating the ones that work for you regularly.

Here are 10 foods that you can use to reduce your stress:

1. Kale, Cabbage and Broccoli

Kale, cabbage and broccoli are examples of green leafy vegetables that are filled with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances have been found to help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer. They also contain magnesium which helps your muscles relax.

2.  Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oil. Fish oils have been found to be helpful in lowering blood pressure and triglycerides. It is also prescribed by doctors for preventing heart disease or stroke.

Fish oil also helps with serotonin uptake in the brain which can improve your mood helping you to better handle stress. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, or you can get them from supplements.

3. Milk

After a stress filled day, milk can help you wind down and relax. Some studies show that the proteins in milk can help reduce anxiety. Another main ingredient, calcium has been found to help with muscle relaxation.

4. Dark Chocolate

In addition to being good for your heart and brain, a small piece of dark chocolate each day can help you to reduce your stress. Since dark chocolate has caffeine it stimulates the production of serotonin which helps you to relax.

5. Red Wine

Many experts now agree that a glass of red wine each day is good for your heart. They suspect that the resveratrol in red wine helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and prevents blood clots. It can also help you temporality relax.

You need to remember that it’s one glass of red wine a day because overindulgence contains its own health hazards.

6. Oatmeal

The biggest health benefit of oatmeal is it contains soluble fiber. Soluble fiber inhibits the body’s absorption of low-density-lipoprotein (LDL). It also contains carbohydrates that help to increase serotonin levels. Increased serotonin helps enhance your mood which makes you feel less stressed.

7. Lean Meats

Lean meats are a good source of protein. Protein contains the amino acids your brain needs for healthy functioning which reduces your stress levels. Turkey, eggs, chicken and fish are all good sources of protein. Stay away from fatty meats because the fat can clog your arteries and interfere with the absorption of amino acids.

8. Coffee

While caffeine is a stimulant and, if used to excess can become an unhealthy habit, in moderation it stimulates the brain, giving it more energy and helping it to work more efficiently. Getting more done while having more energy can help you remain motivated and feel less stressed.

9. Nuts

Nuts help to lower the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level in your blood (are you starting to see a pattern here?). They also help you maintain proper blood sugar levels. Nuts are filled with protein, vitamin B complex and fiber, which help boost energy and then keep it stable.

10. Spinach

Okay, this is a little bit of a repeat because spinach is a green leafy vegetable. It is also one of the world’s super foods containing bushels of vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3’s. Spinach just helps you feel great. If you don’t believe me then just ask Popeye.

Supplements

While it’s always best to get your nutrients from the natural source, if your schedule makes it too difficult look for vitamin supplements. At the very least they can help give you the nutrients you might be missing.

Start Using these Stress Reducers Today

Just adding a few of these stress reducers can help you start feeling better immediately. Choose a few more green leafy vegetables to eat at lunch, cut down on fatty meats and eat a little more fish. Bring a handful of nuts or a small piece of dark chocolate with you to eat at work each day. After work drink a glass of milk or red wine.

Just adopting a few of these foods can begin to fill your body with stress reducers that can help you feel healthier and might even make your life feel stress free.

Do it for life!

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