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. ūüôā

  1. Oranges: The vitamin C in oranges not only strengthens your immune system but it curbs stress hormones.
  2. 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…
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. ¬†Sharing is caring. Please share this blog post with others.¬†ūüôā

Elle Catalan

Certified Wellness and Nutrition Coach

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