People always say, “you are what you eat”, but did you know there are foods proven to actually keep you stress and anxiety levels down? Start adding some of these foods into your diet and you will stay calm, cool, and collected all week:
Dark Chocolate: Packed with flavonoids (known for their relaxing properties) this delicious dessert also contains phenethylamine, a chemical proven to enhance your mood. The darker the chocolate, the healthier it is, so look for chocolate that is 70% cacao or higher!
Skim Milk: Studies have found that women who drink four or more servings of low fat or skim milk daily were almost 50% to experience stress-related PMS symptoms than those who drink less than one serving per week.
Spinach: Magnesium, found in leafy greens like spinach, is shown to improve your body’s response to stress.
Salmon: Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids, abundant in salmon or other fish, can help reverse stress symptoms by increasing your serotonin levels. Omega-3 diets can also help lower the production of anxiety hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.
Oatmeal: When people get stressed we often crave carbohydrates, most likely due to carbs’ production of serotonin, which fights anxiety’s negative effects. Since carbs have this anxiety fighting property its okay to give in to your carb cravings, but chose something healthy like oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which keeps you full longer and controls your blood sugar, and will give you that serotonin boost we are all looking for.
Blueberries: High in antioxidants, blueberries counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body.
For more information on how you can decrease your stress by changing your diet visit: http://www.leaflady.org/antistressfoods.htm