Most people love to eat and hopefully you are someone who eats healthy or at least is attempting to make that change in your life. When making difficult adjustments in your life, like trying to improve your diet, keep your mind focused on the payback you will receive for your efforts and it's only a matter of a short while (1-2 months) before your body begins to feel success and you feel the differences it makes in your life. There are other benefits you may notice sooner, depending on your health status.
Keep these foods in your diet regularly to keep your stress levels in tact and provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients.
Returns blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after being raised by stress.
Vitamin C which keeps the immune system in tact.
Whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice, vegetables, fruits
These are unrefined forms of carbohydrates boost positive energy levels thus reducing stress.
Magnesium is a stress buster and a natural muscle relaxant. Apricots are rich in magnesium and come as fresh fruit or dried.
Almonds, Pistachios, and Walnuts
Full of vitamins B and E, which helps lower blood pressure - often found with stress.
Turkey has high levels of an amino acid called L-tryptophan, which sets off the release of serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical documented for it's calming effect.
Spinach has several powerful qualities, one being high levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can cause migraines and fatigue.
Antioxidant, colon cleansing, high in fiber
Omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking.
Omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease.
Avocado and Banana
The monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocado and banana assist to lower blood pressure. Banana is considered a super food for it's nutritional benefit toward anger, high blood pressure and low blood sugar. Tasty Banana Recipes
Dark green leafy vegetables have bucket loads of vitamins that help replenish the body with vital vitamins and nutrients in times of stress. (broccoli, kale,collard Greens, arugula, mustard greens, Romaine Lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard)
High in fiber, prevent certain types of cancers, and promotes heart health.
Eggs, lean meat, dried fruits, wholegrain cereals, peas and potatoes.
These foods are high in iron. Lack of iron in the body weakens the bodies stress response levels and slows down the release of oxygen.
Lifestyle and Diet Changes
- Regular Exercise.
- 2 liters of water a day. Drink water the minute you wake up in the morning before breakfast.
- Increase your metabolic rate by eating small amounts about 6 times a day - depending on how small the snack.
- Excess Alcohol. Studies show that over consumption of alcohol causes anxiety and depression.
- Moderate consumption of tea and coffee.
- Stay away from fast food and fatty foods.
- Avoid saturated fats. These raise the cholesterol levels in the body increasing chances of high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Go easy on the salt.
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