It turns out that food is one of the best stress relievers that you can cling when anxiety and stress strikes. Food is the most convenient way to release your stress since they are almost readily available.
There will always be new bridges to cross everyday and getting stressed is part of it. We all know that tension can cause disorder on our eating patterns. But the right healthy foods can often help us lower overall anxiety and its symptoms.
The lower my emotions become, the higher my appetite is. That has been my mantra for quite sometime now. However, not choosing the right food to treat your stress can result to unexpected weight gain that you would never want to happen.
If you’re searching for healthy stress relievers, this list is going to help you a lot:
Chocolates – High in flavonoids, known for their relaxing properties, chocolate contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances your mood. The darker the chocolate, the more healthy substances you’re getting in your diet. Go and look for bars that are 70 percent cacao or higher.
Milk – A glass of warm milk really is calming. A study found that those who drink four or more servings of lowfat or skim milk every day will likely to experience lesser stress-related PMS symptoms than those who drink less than one serving a week.
Carbo – Oatmeal, Rice or Pasta – Carbs help you produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps fight anxiety’s negative effects. This is very obvious to many who crave them when we’re stressed. Sure I am on that list. Go with the craving and choose healthy sources. Oatmeal, rice or pasta are high in fiber. Your body will absorb it slowly.
Omega 3 – Look for food rich in Omega 3. Definitely good for the heart. Research shows that omega-3fattyacids — abundant in fish like salmon — can help reverse stress symptoms by boosting serotonin levels. An omega-3–rich diet can also help suppress the production of the anxiety hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Nut Fruits – It has been shown to help lower blood pressure, which is essential for those whose hearts are already working through extra high levels of adrenaline. In fact, so strong research back to its benefits for U.S. health food And Drug Administration recommended until 1 / 2 oz per day. Mostly recommended nuts are walnuts, almonds, cashew & pistachio.
Sunflower Seeds –A good source of folate, which helps your body produce a pleasure-inducing brain chemical called dopamine. For Filipinos, a great substitute would be pakwan seeds.
Go Green – Studies show that magnesium, which you’ll find in leafy greens like spinach, improves your body’s response to stress. Eating vegetables reduces chronic stress, boosts vitamin C levels in blood.
Berries – Their antioxidants counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body. One of the most important health attributes of berries is that it is high in anthocyanins known for its antioxidant capacity. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. are highly protective to your brain.
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. Release it. In everything you do that seems to stress you, try slowing down for fast-acting relief. Always find time to break free, let loose and live a healthy lifestyle. When stress knocks you off, find the best stress relievers, get up and fight!