Food for destressing…everyone’s favorite

A little food for thought! That is not entirely true as it is food for stress. Recently I read an article on foods that decrease stress, and thought I would share the highlights.

Oranges have been an effect on stress levels directly after the stressful situation. The Vitamin C was shown to decrease mental stress levels, decrease raised blood pressure, and also return elevated cortisol levels to normal. On top of that Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, which is negatively effected with stress.

Sweet potatoes have the ability to ease those cravings for carbs and sugar when stress comes knocking on the door. Sweet potatoes are a healtier solution to cookies or potatoe chips.

Dried Apricots are loaded with Magnesium which decrease muscle tension and has a direct effect on decreasing mental stress. So Apricots help the mood and the body.

A variety of nuts- Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.

Turkey is infamous for the calming sleepy effect that people attain after Thanksgiving Dinner. The culprit is a natural chemical called tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin in the human body. Serotonin is involved in mental relaxation and feelings of pleasure.

Spinach contains our friend Magnesium again, low levels of magnesium can lead to migraine headaches and fatigue. Spinach (one serving) has 40% of the needed daily amounts of magnesium.

Salmon has a high level of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have many, many, many, many benefits. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help to mild to moderate depression and also has the ability to decrease the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the human body. Cortisol and adrenaline are at increased levels with higher levels of stress and anxiety.

Kava has a good tendency to help decrease stress levels and lower anxiety. The exact mechanism isn’t understood, but clinical trials show that kava supplements or the food are a good way to help with stress.

Vitamin C, Magnesium, Valerian Root and St. John’s Wort are all herbs or supplements that have shown benefits in helping with stress and anxiety.

Hopefully these are some easy things that can put into a diet for those who are looking for an extra boost to whatever other remedies are being utilized.

If you have any further questions, feel free to message me and I will try my best to answer your questions.


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