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.