4 Foods to Combat Stressful Situations

In today’s busy world, it’s almost impossible to be stress-free. It seems as though stress is around every corner waiting to jump on the bandwagon. Stress comes from many places including family, friends, work, the economy, and the list just goes on and on. It’s no secret that stress can be bad for your body and overall health. In order to relieve oneself of stress, things like yoga and meditation are often recommended. If you don’t already practice these types of stress relief, it can be hard to jump in and get started. Luckily, there are other ways to relieve stress. One place to look to first is your diet. Here are 4 foods that are recommended to help you reduce the stress in your life.

Avocado. This delicious treat is full of goodness for the body. It is packed with Vitamin E, which is good for the skin, and also Vitamin B, which is good for multiple areas, including energy. Along with those important vitamins, avocado also helps to stop the absorption of particular kinds of fat. This fruit will keep you feeling full and healthy. It’s also delicious, which is an obvious added bonus. Be careful, though, because even though this is a fruit, it’s also one of the fattiest fruits out there.

Chocolate. This may be the most delicious food on the list. Obviously, this isn’t a free pass to buy up all the Snickers at the local grocery store. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is high in antioxidants. Dark chocolate is also thought to calm the body and lower blood pressure. For a dessert, it packs a powerful healthy punch. Of course, moderation with a sweet treat like this is key.

Oatmeal. Reducing stress can start at breakfast. Oatmeal actually causes the brain to produce more serotonin which makes you feel good. This works for both the body and the mind. Oatmeal also helps you feel fuller longer, and is even thought to keep your mind clear and sharp. All of these combined allow for a great stress reducer starting first thing in the morning.

Walnuts. You may or may not have heard that walnuts look a lot like the brain because they are so good for the brain: this is actually true. Walnuts contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which are great for the brain. They also have been shown to help prevent memory loss and keep the mind working and viable. Anything that keeps you on your toes is bound to relieve some of the stress brought on by mental fogginess or forgetfulness.

Stress can be a real downer when you are unable to handle it properly. Luckily, you don’t have to take up meditation or yoga to get stress relief in your life. Try these simple foods to keep the stress level down and your personal health up.

 

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