Health: Stress free food

largeThe next time that you’re stressed with work or life, or both don’t reach for the chocolate, instead opt for one of these healthy treats that’ll help reduce your frantic feelings:

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute avocado is the best treat in a stressful situation as it offers you all the potassium that you require to combat your bad feeling and lower your blood pressure.

Eating your greens could be a real benefit. Broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress – so let your broccoli boil the next time you’re feeling under pressure and not your mind.

Sweet potatoes can be particularly stress-reducing because they are packed full of beta-carotene and other vitamins. The fiber will also help your body to process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner which will satisfy your sugar cravings over a long period of time.

A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well-known for boosting your immune system, so start enjoying tomatoes and oranges to get your vitamin C fill.

Not an option for me, as I’m allergic, but apricots are rich in magnesium which is a stress-buster and a natural muscle relaxant as well. You can have my portion!

Nuts are great at the best of times, as they are a filling alternative to sweets and chocolate, but they have real benefits too. Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.

Studies carried out by the Diabetes & Metabolism have found that people who eat a lot of omega-3 fatty acids have a lower risk of heart disease. Omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking so enjoy plenty of salmon, herring and mackerel to keep your omega-3 levels high.

Obviously, it’s also important to exercise regularly and eat regularly to keep your blood sugar stable and reduce any additional stress on your body.


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