Stress Management: 6 Foods That Help Relief Stress

As we go through life, some amount of stress is inevitable, but the way we handle it will determine just how serious it’s affects will be. Some people tend to eat more of junk foods when they’re stressed, some don’t eat at all, and others take it out on their kids and spouses. The truth is that what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Indeed, some foods may help stabilize blood sugar or, better yet, your emotional response. Here are some foods to reach for when you feel stressed out.

1. Avocados


Though Avocados might be high in fat and calories, they also contains a high amount of potassium which is needed to reduce high blood pressure. Not only is it rich in potassium, it is also rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage. Avocados also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. One thing to remember though, is the fact that as much as avocados are a fruit, they have a very high fat content, so watch your portion size.

2. Cashew Nuts

Cashew Nuts

Nuts in general are very nutritious and filling. If you’re trying to lose weight, nuts are ideal foods as they have a combination of fat and protein that just fill you up. Cashew nuts in particular are an excellent source of zinc and low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression. The body doesn’t really have an efficient way of storing zinc for future use, so it’s important to get some every day. If you get fed up of eating cashew nuts, you could trade cashews for other nuts such as, peanuts and walnuts.

3. Milk



Research has shown that calcium eases anxiety, depressions and mood swings linked to Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. Low-fat milk is the best source of calcium, so when you’re a bit tensed up or you feel your stress level has been raised due to deadlines at work or due to something else, a cool glass of low-fat milk will help you relax and ease off.

4. Dark  Chocolate

Dark chocolate


You’ve probably read from previous articles that some types chocolate helps keep your heart healthy; additionally, chocolate helps reduce stress levels. Research has shown that, in moderation, chocolate does actually make you feel better after a bad day.

5. Green Tea

Green Tea

Green tea not only helps you lose weight, but it’s also an excellent food to boost your brain and also enhance your mental performance. Green tea also protects us against some types of cancer. Drink a cup of green tea to start off your day and be sure of a great day ahead of you, with less stress.

6. Fatty Fish

Fatty Fish
Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent surges in stress hormones and may help protect against heart disease, depression, and PMS (premenstrual syndrome). For a steady intake of omega-3, aim to eat at least 3 ounces of fatty fish at least twice a week.

These foods not only help reduce your stress levels, but are also generally nutritious to your whole body system. Always have in mind that the foods you eat will play a major part in your health and fitness, so it’s important to always take your nutrition seriously.

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