Reduce stress with good nutrition
We are drawn to certain “comfort foods” when we feel stressed. Whether you reach for a creme donut or a glass of wine at the end of a difficult day, most of these cravings put more stress on your already overburdened system. Making better food choices can help you be less affected by stress.
:: Foods that reduce stress
Oranges 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.
Another stress-busting tip 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).
:: When diet isn’t enough
When stress is prolonged and changing your diet just is not enough, a program of nutraceuticals (nutritional products that are research based with proven effectiveness) can be specifically prescribed. We have supplements that can help you to fall asleep or stay asleep, relieve chronic pain and muscle tension and address the negative effects of stress on your endocrine and nervous system.
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