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Powerful Foods that Calm You and Relieve Your Stress

First of all, complex carbs like whole-grain breads, oatmeal, and cereals causes the brain to produce more serotonin. Above all, serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer that helps regulate anxiety, helps falling asleep, as well as having other positive effects on the body.

On the other hand, simple carbs like sweets are digested quickly and cause a spike in serotonin levels. But the effects don’t last long. Moreover, because simple carbs have a lot of sugar, take them sparingly and instead choose other healthy options.

Also, studies show oranges, with their abundance of vitamin C, when eaten before a stressful task, curbs level of stress hormones.

Most noteworthy, the effects of stress are amplified when levels of magnesium in your body are low. As a result, stress causes you to get a headache and/or become fatigued. However, eating spinach increases the amount of magnesium in your body which helps prevent the headache and tiredness. In addition, other leafy vegetables, cooked soybeans, and salmon, all high in magnesium, are good substitutes for spinach.

Furthermore, natural fatty fish like salmon and tuna, with their omega-3 fatty acids, prevent surges in stress hormones. Above all, to keep the omega-3 levels high, try to eat three ounces of fatty fish at least twice a week.

In addition, drinking black tea helps you recover from stress more quickly. And, those who drink black tea regularly have lower levels of stress hormones cortisol after stressful events.

Also, pistachios, walnuts, and almonds are good sources of healthy fats that protect you from the effects of stress. In addition, almonds have vitamin E to bolster the immune system and vitamin B which may make you more resilient when you are stressed. So, eat about a quarter cup every day to get these benefits.

Most of all, when stress causes you to want to eat something fatty, eat avocados. Above all, avocados, with their high potassium content helps reduce high blood pressure.

In addition, eating raw carrots or celery sticks helps release clenched jaw to ease tension.

Also, drinking a glass of warm skim or low-fat calcium rich milk at bedtime eases anxiety.

Finally, the accompanying infographic, shows other popular methods that provide relief from stress.

 

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