We tend to want to eat when we feel stressed out and stress is everywhere in our society. Often, many people reach for candy, cookies and ice-cream when they are stressed, however, that does not help stress and in fact, the sugar can increase it If you are stressed, go the foods that can help you conquer stress.
When you are feeling stress, try going orange. When the stress mounts reach for an orange as German researchers found that people who had at least 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed, and their blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol returned to normal faster. The good news about vitamin C is that is can boost the immune system, which is another way of reducing stress.
Sometimes when we are stressed that pastry looks good however, try putting that down and go see what a handful of almonds, pistachios or walnuts can do for you. They have antioxidants, vitamin E which boosts the immune system, and fights off stress. Almonds, which contain contain B vitamins, can reduce stress. In fact, a Penn State study discovered that eating one and a half ounces of pistachios a day lowers blood pressure so your heart does not have to work so hard.
Still stressed? Guacamole may be the dip just for you. Avocados have potassium which can lower blood pressure that tends to go up when you are stressed. It has a calming effect on the body that is because of the potassium. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, just a half an avocado offers 487 milligrams, more than you’ll get from a medium-size banana.
If you wake up stressed, have a bowl of oatmeal. This healthy carbohydrate fuels the brains production of serotonin which promotes relaxation. While you are eating your oatmeal, try putting some skim milk on your oatmeal. Seems that calcium can reduce tension and one cup of milk can help women by reducing PMS symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.
Tuna is an excellent source of high quality protein and is rich in a variety of important nutrients including the beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids an increasing consumption of foods rich in omega- 3 which not only can help stress buts aids with depression. A nice sandwich with a few slices of avocado can promote not only good health, it can aid in fighting stress.
Reducing stress can be as easy as what you do or don’t put in your mouth, so remember next time you feel stressed, drop the chips and pick up some nuts, berries, broccoli or dark chocolate. You will be amazed that reducing stress can taste so good. If you live in the Tucson area try Our Garden, just outside of Tucson in Catalina. It has fresh pistachios and is a wonderful place to get fresh produce as well.