9 Foods That Reduce Stress Levels

Rucuss staffSeptember 11, 2011

 

Everyone experiences stress.

It doesn’t matter what age you are. People deal with stress in many ways. But everyone must find a way to cope with it. Marie Claire made a list of foods that can help relieve stress. Take a look:

Oranges
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.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be  particularly stress-reducing because they can satisfy the urge you get for  carbohydrates and sweets when you are under a great deal of stress. They are  packed full of beta-carotene and other vitamins, and the fiber helps your body  to process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.

Dried Apricots
Apricots are rich in magnesium, which is a stress-buster and a  natural muscle relaxant as well.

Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts
Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your  immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.

Turkey
Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This  amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain  chemical. This is the reason why many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or  even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.

Spinach
A deficiency in magnesium can cause migraine headaches  and a feeling of fatigue. One cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily  needs for magnesium.

Salmon
Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids  protect against heart disease. A study from Diabetes & Metabolism  found that omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from  peaking.

Avocados
The monounsaturated fats and potassium in  avocados help lower blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood  Institute says that one of the best ways to lower blood pressure is to consume  enough potassium (avocados have more than bananas).

Green Vegetables
Broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are  powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress.

More stress-busting tips:
– Exercise regularly
– Drink an  energy shake for breakfast
– Eat small meals throughout the day, which will  keep your blood sugar stable (when blood sugar is low, mental, physical, and  emotional energy decreases, and stress increases).

 

 

 

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