Reduce Stress - 10 Edible Stress Busters


It is in everyone's best interest to take a journey on the road to learning to reduce stress. Living with less anxiety adds quality and quantity to your life and helps you be at your best for yourself, your family, your job and all the other things that life entails. It also engages you in a more healthy lifestyle and can help add years to your life.

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.

Orange
 Returns blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after being raised by stress.

Other Benefit
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.

Dried Apricots
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.

Other Benefit
Immune Booster

Turkey
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
Spinach has several powerful qualities, one being high levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can cause migraines and fatigue.

Other Benefit
Antioxidant, colon cleansing, high in fiber

Salmon
Omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking.

Other Benefits
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

Green Vegetables
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)


Other Benefits
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.
Keeping these food regularly in your diet will help reduce stress levels and help your body, mind and emotions cope better when faced with stressful situations.

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8 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

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  2. Thanks for visiting! Hope your return soon :)

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  3. Hi Fairy, I have added your badge, please check it out!

    Thanks for recipe, will try it.
    Great advice you gave here.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Colin

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  4. I think people take food for granted being that we need to eat food without fully realizing the wonderful benefits it offers us.

    Salmon is on the top of my list. We have it every week.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. I wanted to ask you about the echinacea. Do you take a break after taking it for six weeks?

    Sophia

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  5. Hi Sophia, and thanks for visiting back. Oh yes, please after 6 weeks you must now take a break. Any reason you are taking it consistently for so long??? When you or your loved ones are sick you should take it throughout that time and for 10 days afterwords. Other than that if you want to keep it regularly in your diet then take it a few days then stop. We take it on the weekends (3 days) and then stop until the next weekend. Or, we will take it for a week before we travel. I will also give it to my daughter for one week before school starts after the summer or holiday vacations. If you eat healthy most of the time, and take regular vitamins suitable to your age and health, then unless there is a special reason, you don't need to take it that long consistently.

    Yes! You are so right about taking food for granted.

    Cheers to Your Health!

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  6. a revelation...i knew all that, but i can't seem to do them =( the problem's usually form within i guess.

    anyways...here passing by to let you know that you a friend in here ;)

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  7. I love eating banana as it is very abundant and thus cheap in our place and avocado, too. I didn't know it is an edible stress buster! I am now encouraged to eat more! But I think, not just eating food that relieves stress but having a positive outlook in life would definitely help you live a stress-free life.

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  8. This very informative.

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