Feeling Stressed? Adding more of the foods listed below to your diet may help you.
Every one knows bananas are filled with potassium. Potassium is a mineral that can help reduce tension. Bananas are also great in soothing the mind as they are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid which boosts the formation of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) and melatonin (the sleep hormone).
2) Spinach and broccoli
Spinach and broccoli contain magnesium, a mineral that helps lower your stress level by keeping you in a calm state. They are also rich in stress-relieving B vitamins, especially folic acid which helps relieve stress, anxiety, panic and even depression.
3) Milk and yoghurt
Milk and yoghurt are very high in calcium and B vitamins, which help to build your bones and are essential for nerve health. They also contain the mood stabilizer tryptophan, which helps to calm your mind, and explains why some people like to drink a glass of milk before bed.
Fish like tuna and mackerel is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your adrenaline from spinning out of control, and also protect your heart from heart disease, which is often linked to stress. Fish is an important source of B-vitamins, especially the stress fighters B6 and B12, which help with the production of serotonin, the “happy” brain chemical. Furthermore, fish contains choline (another B-complex vitamin), a great memory booster.
Nuts are great stress relievers. They are a rich source of the serotonin-booster tryptophan and packed with B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. The B-vitamins and magnesium regulate mood and relieve stress by boosting serotonin, whereas zinc has been shown to fight some of the negative effects of stress. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that destroys the free radicals related to stress and heart disease.
Blueberries are crammed with antioxidants, especially vitamin C which has been shown to give the body added reserves to help it cope with high levels of stress. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage your cells and also help to repair and protect your body from the effects of stress.
7) Turkey and chicken
Turkey and chicken are great sources of the amino acid tryptophan which helps to calm and improve your mind and explains why people feel so relaxed, and even sleepy, after a chicken or turkey meal. Turkey is also an excellent source of protein, which helps to promote stable blood sugar levels and subsequently reduce stress.
Citrus fruit, such as Oranges are well-known for their high levels of Vitamin C. Stress can delete your storage of vitamin C. As your body does not produce the vitamin naturally, it is important to fuel up with vitamin C-rich foods to help your immune system function more efficiently under stress. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant – it helps to keep free radicals in check and to repair the body.
9) Dried apricots
Dried apricots are rich in the mineral magnesium, a natural stress-buster. Magnesium is essential for healthy nerves and helps to relax your muscles. It is even said to help reduce heart palpitations brought on by stress. Apricots are also a good source of vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system.
10) Whole grains
Whole Grains contain vitamin B-complex (the anti-stress vitamin pantothenic acid), minerals (such as the soothing magnesium, potassium and calcium), protein and, of course, fiber. All these compounds relieve stress and anxiety while simultaneously improving concentration. Whole grains also supply serotonin-producing carbohydrates that have a calming, soothing effect, while also sustaining energy levels (by keeping your blood sugar levels stable).
Via 24 Health