Beat Stress Naturally
Diet For Stress Management
The food people consume as a part of their daily lifestyle can be utilized as a tool to overcome or to reduce the effect of stress on the body. Unhealthy eating patterns will only result in an increased level of stress, followed by further problems in the future if not resolved. One of the key ingredients to good health and probably most important is having a well-balanced nutritional diet plan. A balanced nutrition plays an important role when we are under stress. When stress occurs, a well-balanced nutrition and good food will boost our resistance against the effects that stress brings upon the body.
- Chamomile –It reduces anxiety by helping to rewire the body’s response and increase the production of the feel good hormones sertonin and dopamine.
- Dark chocolate – It is rich in antioxidants and can also help reducing the level of stress hormones in the body.
- Bananas – The yellow potassium rich fruit contains aminoacid, trypotophan which boost up the dopamine level.
- Fatty fish – Omega fatty acid in whole fish like tuna, halibut, salmon and sardines may help to ease depression.
- Milk and nuts – Milk, nuts and other dairy products with calcium and vitamin D can help to relax muscles and stabilize mood.
- Avocados – Avocados are packed with healthy monosaturated fats, vit C, vit B6, potassium and fiber, that makes them a perfect stress fighting snack.
- Leafy greens – Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, as well as other raw fruits and vegetables are stress bursting power houses.
Stress Fighting Pantry Staples
- Olive oil
- Whole grain (brown rice, whole grain, pasta, quinoa, barley etc)
- Dark chocolate
- Unsalted nuts (almonds, walnut, cashews and pistachios)
- Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds , flax seeds, chia seeds etc)
- Decaf tea (especially black, green and chamomile)
Fresh Stress Relieving Ingredients
- Fatty fish ( salmon, tuna, sardines)
- Fat free or low fat milk
- Sweet potato
- Leafy greens