Many of us feel the need to reach for chocolate, sweets or other unhealthy food options when we’re feeling stressed, however there are myriad other foods that are not only better for us to be snacking on, but that have stress-reducing qualities. Next time you’re feeling on edge, reach for these healthy foods instead.
Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon have the ability to reduce anxiety. For best result, have two serves of 200 grams of salmon per week.
A study in the International Journal of Health Science found that dark chocolate can regulate anxiety levels by reducing stress hormones such as cortisol. The higher the cocoa levels in the chocolate, the better.
Leafy green vegetables
The folate in green leafy vegetables has been linked to alleviating depressive symptoms such as anxiety and stress. Try Brussel sprouts, asparagus and broccoli.
A strong immune system is one of the best ways to fight stress, and blueberries are packed with antioxidants that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals found in the environment and naturally in our bodies.
Serotonin is a calm-inducing hormone and can be found in thick-cut, old fashioned oats that require cooking, instead of instant versions because coarse oats are high in fibre and take longer to digest, meaning the calming effect may last longer.
Rich in vitamins B2 and E, almonds can help boost the immune system in times of stress. A quarter of a cup a day will do the trick.
Feelings of anxiety have been linked to Vitamin B deficiency, and avocados are rich in it. They’re also rich on monosaturated fat and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.
A classic cup of tea is known to sooth frazzled nerves.
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