Stress is inevitable these days and asking someone if they’re feeling stressed is really looking for a punch in the face. So, in my efforts to save face(s), I’ve compiled a list of several foods I recommend you include in your daily diet, if you happen to be one of those violent people looking for faces to punch. 🙂
- Oranges: The vitamin C in oranges not only strengthens your immune system but it curbs stress hormones.
- Spinach: Spinach is rich in magnesium. A deficiency of magnesium can be a trigger for headaches and fatigue which can compound the effects of stress. Other leafy greens are also good sources of magnesium as well as salmon. Which brings me to…
- Fatty fish: The omega-4 fatty acids found in tuna and salmon prevent stress hormone surges and help protect against heart disease, depression and PMS (ladies!). Shoot for 3 ounces of fatty fish 2-3 times a week at the very least.
- Pistachios: Pistachios as well as other nuts and seeds provide healthy fats. Eating a handful a day may help lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation in your heart’s arteries, and can reduce the likelihood of diabetes as well as protect you against the effects of stress. Having a healthy heart is definitely the way to feel less stress.
- Avocados: The best way to reduce high blood pressure is with enough potassium. A 1/2 avocado has more potassium than a medium sized banana.
- Raw veggies: The act of simply crunching on raw carrots and other firm, crunchy vegetables may help to relax a clenched jaw and reduce tension.
Since I’m not big on violence, I love these foods as my go-to stress reducers. Another technique I love is meditation. I’ll save that for another post.
Alright now, your turn. How do you reduce your stress?
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