Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ten Foods that Soothe Stress

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The other day, I posted about the six foods you should banish from your life if you want to have any chance at being healthy....but being healthy is more than just cutting out transfats and empty calories...reducing your stress level has a huge effect on our overall health. Here are ten foods that will help lower those stress levels (courtesy of Kaboose):

Blueberries: They’ve got tons of vitamin C, which is what your body uses as fuel when your heart is racing. Crammed with antioxidants (those molecules that fight free radicals that damage your cells), which repair and protect your body from the effects of stress.

Almonds: A few almonds will keep your heart from racing when panic attacks. They help lower your blood pressure and keep oxygen flowing throughout the body.

Spinach: Provides a huge amount of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that helps lower your stress level by keeping you in a calm state.

Tuna: Naturally loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids that help keep your adrenaline from spiraling out of control.

Oranges: Stress can delete your storage of vitamin C, which is something your body does not produce naturally. Vitamin C helps your immune system function under stress more efficiently.

Milk: Milk’s calcium can be a soothing remedy for anxiety, and help you to restore tranquility. A small glass will also give you a dose of vitamin B2 when you’re feeling a little restless.

Bananas: This naturally prepackaged fruit is full of potassium, a mineral that can help reduce tension.

Sweet Potatoes: Not really a potato, these roots are good source of vitamin B6, which help support a wide range of activities in your nervous system and help give you a major dose of relaxation.

Brown Rice: This delicious, nutty-flavored grain has compounds to relieve stress and anxiety while simultaneously improving concentration. It’s also great source of B complex vitamins and fiber

Avocados: A great nutritional enhancer that helps the body absorb other vital nutrients, avocados are filled with potassium and vitamin E, which can help when your nerves are in overdrive.

So...when you're feeling stressed out, grab a handful of almonds or a banana or another food on the list. It won't stop your six year old from whining or refusing to go to bed on time, but it might just make you feel calmer about it!

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1 comment:

Ashley said...

I love tuna.... I would probably eat it even if it were bad for me. :)