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Healthy Foods That Relieve and Fight Stress

Who does not love to eat? But, with awareness spreading like fire more and more people today are cautious about what they eat and how much they eat. But, sometimes even the most careful and diligent dieter can miss a beat. We often tend to diet more than actually needed, forgetting that it is the food that fuels […]

Who does not love to eat? But, with awareness spreading like fire more and more people today are cautious about what they eat and how much they eat. But, sometimes even the most careful and diligent dieter can miss a beat. We often tend to diet more than actually needed, forgetting that it is the food that fuels our body, reduces stress levels and helps us function better. Today, we take you through a list of healthy foods that relieve and fight stress and help you focus better at work or study.

Can food calm you down? Yes, they can. Eating stress reducing foods can help you deal better with stress and the daily hassles of life. Stressful events cause the levels of cortisol on the body to rise. This increases our craving to binge and snack, especially on sweets. Result? Piling up on pounds and a hoard of weight related ailments.

Eat smart to keep your stress levels regulated. Here is our list of a few healthy food that can help relieve stress naturally.

Asparagus: The green, slender stalks are high in folate that is said to help keep your mind calm and composed. Steam them or broil them until crisp and add them to your salad for an exotic flavour and healthy meal.

Bowl of oatmeal: The next time you feel overwhelmed due to your hectic schedule or busy social calendar simply spoon up a bowl of oats. A hearty bowl of oats gives your body an instant boost and also pumps up the feel good hormone- serotonin. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder to it to further bring down your stress levels. On alternate days you can also add a spoon of honey for variety. Honey is a healthy addition, as it helps boost your body’s immunity.

Blueberries: Rich in antioxidants these berries can stress proof your body and mind. Those who consume this vitamin C laden berries will testify that they help reduce blood pressure levels as well as cortisol levels. These berries also help in sharpening your cognition and responses.

Kale chips: This homemade delight boosts the production of serotonin that helps reduce stress and makes you feel good. It’s also rich in carotenoids a type of antioxidants that is said to have a positive effect on stress levels. Slice kale into thin wafers and fry them in olive oil. Sprinkle some pepper and salt and munch away on this comforting food.

Almonds: The Almonds are not called the king of nuts for nothing. This tiny nut can do wonders in keeping stress levels in control. Simply munch on a handful of almonds when you begin to feel overwhelmed and you will feel better almost instantly. Apart from being rich in antioxidants and omega 3s, almonds also contain selenium that elevates your moods.

Cup of yoghurt: Greek yoghurt loaded with a few fruit munchies can help you deal with stress better. Rich in protein and calcium it energises your body and also triggers the release of feel-good neurotransmitters which will help you cope with stress and work overload better.

A glass of wine: Alcohol when consumed in moderation helps lower your blood pressure significantly. It also takes the edge off a heated state of mind. A glass of wine has its share of antioxidants as well as flavonoids, making it a much preferred stress buster.

Chamomile tea: These tiny daisy like petite flowers can win just about anybody’s heart. But that is not all. They also soothe your senses and help you get a hold on your emotions. Steep a few tablespoons of the dried flower and drink it up before you hit the bed. It is one of the best bed time soothers that will help you slip into a deep slumber. Combatting stress levels is not as difficult as you think. Eat healthy and you will find yourself able to not just cope with stress but also focus better at work!

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