Acoustic Post - Foods to Relieve Stress

By Kamlavathi Mudliyar

Stress is basically your body’s reaction when you work or worry more than you should. Our body experiences two types of stress: eustress and distress. Eustress is good stress which motivates us to do more. Distress on the other hand can be pretty exhausting and our body sends us messages through headaches and fatigue to say that we can’t handle this anymore and that’s when we need to take care of your body.

One effective way to relax and relieve stress is through our food. Foods that are bright, full of fiber, proteins, vitamins, and minerals can fight stress and improve your physiological health.

Foods to relieve stress:

  1. Spinach
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Yogurt
  4. Seeds
  5. Salmon Fish
  6. Dark Chocolate

Some foods that can calm you down are as follows:

1. Spinach

Spinach or any other leafy green vegetable can reduce stress if added in your diet on a daily basis. They contain folate which makes dopamine: a pleasure-giving brain chemical. It keeps you calm. It can also cure depression. It works on your mood and provides nutrition to brain cells. So keep calm and eat Spinach.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an excellent carbohydrate. Many carbohydrates contain a lot of sugar which makes you fat and stresses out. Fortunately, oatmeal is not like them. You can have oatmeal when you crave some sugar-sweet doughnuts or pastries. Oatmeal satisfies your cravings better than them. Carbs like oatmeal help produce serotonin in your brain which acts as antidepressants. Stress can increase your blood sugar level. So Oatmeal is a sweet and healthy way to fight stress.

3. Yogurt

We have millions of bacterias in our gut. These bacterias can induce stress in our brains. This is the reason why our brain signals symptoms of gastrointestinal problems. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics. These probiotics fight bad bacterias and reduce stress and improve our emotions. Yogurt is packed with calcium and protein. You can never go wrong by adding it to your diet.

4. Seeds

Seeds like flaxseed, sunflower seed, and pumpkin seeds, are all rich sources of magnesium, just as leafy vegetables, yogurt, nuts, and fish. The good intake on the mineral can help regulate emotions. Magnesium has been proven to help cure depression, irritability, and fatigue. In addition, if you’re feeling very irritable and moody during that time of the month, the mineral will also help to fight PMS symptoms, along with water retention and menstrual cramps.

5. Salmon Fish

Stress can stimulate your anxiety hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Salmon is always a better source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It helps to keep the stress hormones in control, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Eat salmon 2-3 times a week to reduce your anxiety and relieve stress. It is also very nutritious, which comes as an added benefit for your body.

6. Dark Chocolate

There’s hardly any person who will say no to chocolate unless they are allergic. Dark chocolate is the best combination of bittersweet. You can ditch your coffee and grab a bite of this rich and smooth dessert. The average size of a dark chocolate tile can lower cortisol. After eating its chemical reaction is pretty much like falling in love. Eat dark chocolate to light up your day.

Hope you found this article helpful. Share this information with your friends and spread the word to live a stress-free life.

Did you miss your favorite food to relieve stress? Let us know in the comments section.

2 Comments

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    happy to see dark chocolate in the list 🙂 that’s my favorite. is avocado also a stress relieving food?

    1. Kamlavathi Mudliyar

      Yes, avocado is great for your brain and a healthy brain is a happy brain!

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