Foods That Relieve Stress: Tasty Stress Busters

Foods That Relieve Stress: Tasty Stress Busters

Food. Yummy, tasty, delicious food. Whether you’re able to eat an entire plate full of food, or can only handle the tiny bits before your tummy is full, you cannot deny that food is absolutely wonderful to eat, and vital for any creature’s survival.

Yes, food is a very important part of our lives, and it does come with many other benefits instead of simply keeping us alive on this planet. Food can be good for our state of mind as well; for example, blueberries are extremely high in vitamin C and K, and its gallic acid is amazing at protecting our brains from degeneration, and more importantly, stress.

Here are some other foods which can help either combat, or prevent entirely, the nasty feelings of stress.

 

Milk

 

Apart from water, milk is possibly the second best drink you can consume in your daily life. Not only is it a superb source of calcium, which is very good for your teeth and bones, but it is also a very good stress reliever.

Besides from calcium, other vitamins and minerals in milk can do wonders to relieving tense muscles. Should you be stressed due to the fact that you’re feeling tense and have achy muscles, a glass of milk may help to soothe those tense muscles and relieve the stress.

 

Oranges

 

The ultimate scurvy cure, oranges are rich in vitamin C which is perhaps one of the most important nutrients that your body can have. It contains collagen, which help to maintain tissue in your skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.

Without this vital protein, your tissue won’t be maintained and will quickly break down, resulting in the scary condition known as scurvy.

When we are stressed, our blood pressure rises to quite an extreme level; another useful benefit of vitamin C is that it can lower blood pressure, resulting in us being able to calm down and reduce any stress we may be under. So the next time stress has gotten the better of you, peel back an orange and munch away.

 

Sweet Potatoes

 

Sweet potatoes help to satisfy any urge to eat carbohydrates or sugary snacks like sweets or drinks, which can help in a huge way when it comes to relieving stress.

Furthermore, they contain special nutrients which help your body to digest them slowly and much more steadily than other foods, which can help you feel fuller after eating them.

If you’re feeling stressed, a sweet potato or two should help immensely to soothe your mental strain.

 

Fish

 

More particularly salmon, sardines and tuna are all yet another great source of stress relievers when it comes to food. Full of Omega 3 fatty oils, these fishy meats are an essential when it comes to finding out what foods are good for soothing stress.

As the oil in the special Omega 3 fats help nourish the brain and soothe any stress hormones which may be out of control inside your mind, these kinds of fish are a very beneficial choice in food for your stress relieving diet.

As well as stress relieving, these fats can also reduce inflammation and maintain a healthy blood flow; both of these are factors in stress.

It’s clear that fish is quite possibly one of the most important foods to eat if the carnage of everyday life has gotten the best of you.

 

Turkey

 

We usually eat turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but did you know that eating it in general can have a great effect on your mental well-being?

Turkey contains a special acid called L-tryptophan which triggers the release of a feel good chemical from the brain called serotonin. This can be an efficient stress reliever, and is why people usually feel relaxed or tired after eating a large meal consisting of turkey.

Any time you are feeling stressed, and perhaps you have a tradition of a roast dinner on the night where you want to relieve your stress, ditch that idea of having roast beef and instead choose roast turkey instead. You will feel a lot better about yourself afterwards.

 

Spinach

 

Spinach may not be as commonly eaten as it could be, but it comes with quite a lot of benefits. First of all, it contains a large amount of fiber, which is very essential for your body.

Spinach boosts your energy levels which in general is very good for you as well.

In terms of stress, spinach contains the mineral magnesium, which helps you to promote and maintain a sense of calm and relaxation. Make sure to include a piece of spinach inside your sandwich or salad to relieve any stress you may be under.

 

Carrots

 

As well as sweet potatoes, carrots are another root vegetable and both are a great source of fiber and carbohydrates which boost your serotonin levels, which can do wonders in calming you down from mental strain.

Of course, carrots are really sweet, and can maintain sugar cravings you may have as well. In general, carrots are an essential vegetable to eat with every lunch/dinner that you have.

 

Dark Chocolate

 

I know, I’m as surprised as you are. How can chocolate, a naughty fattening treat which you have a secret addiction to, relieve any stress you have?

Well, according to a study in 2009, chocolate, or more specifically, dark chocolate, was eaten by people who would be stressed regularly for two weeks. After the weeks were up, the same people had lower levels of stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines.

Dark chocolate can cause the brain to release feel good chemicals, endorphins and serotonin (it seems serotonin is quite the common stress reliever).

If you’re under the weather from straining stress, maybe that sneaky treat of dark chocolate you have hidden from the person who thinks you’re on that diet might indeed be beneficial to you.

Food of any kind has its benefits, and relieving stress is certainly one of them buy the contents from this list. I hope that you have gained some understanding into which foods are great to eat if you are feeling a little stressed out with everything.

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