We could all use a little stress relief. Regardless of your status or position, life gets tough. And people will try anything for a little relief. From spa treatments, massages and pedicures, to running, reading and exercise, there are plenty of ways to help reduce the affects of stress on your body. However, what many people don't know is that you can gain control over anxiety and stress by paying attention to what you eat.
What you choose to put inside your body has a huge effect on your body and mind, and for some - choosing sliced avocado over potato chips can make all the difference in the world. Think going out for beers is the way to solve your headache? Try again. Grab a handful of the bar nuts and sip on some water before diving into the hard stuff. Take care of your body and brain, and it will take care of you.
Spinach is rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. These minerals can help reduce stress hormones in the body and stabilise any mood. Spinach greens also contain Vitamins A, B and C and it can be eaten cooked or raw.
Avocados are full of B vitamins, which are great anxiety relievers. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure, and they also contain glutathione, which helps to prevent oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
When we are stressed out the brain sends out chemicals that raise our blood pressure. These hormones are stored in the brain, the adrenal glands and other parts of the nervous system. A recent study looked at how the body responded to stress by measuring these chemicals in men consuming dark chocolate, verses men that received a placebo chocolate. Once these men were put under adequate amounts of stress, results showed that the effect of chocolate was significant (EverydayHealth.com - T. Jared Bunch, M.D.).
Broccoli is a super-detox food and a strong source of fiber and vitamin C. The green plant also has cancer-fighting agents and is good at ridding the body of stress or anxiety causing emotions. It's treated as one of the best foods for stress relief.
There are many powerful antioxidants in green tea, all known to have calming effects on the body and mind. It's an ancient drink of choice in many cultures and helps in creating a positive mood and relieving stress on the body. "Experts in China have found that polyphenols in green tea reduce the damaging impact of stress on the brain while increasing levels of calming chemicals in the body" (psychologies.co).
Believe it or not, oatmeal can help get your serotonin flowing. This calm-enhancing chemical is what sends messages to your brain of peace and comfort. Thus, eating oatmeal regularly will greatly enhance your overall sense of well being. Oats also contain a lot of fiber, which is good for maintaining healthy digestion and calm stomachs.
What are some of your go-to snacks when you are feeling stressed out? We're dark chocolate lovers over here! It's wonderful not to ridden with guilt over grabbing a candy bar. And of course, our Grow Book™ microgreens (like radish and broccoli) are some of our favorites to add to daily snacks and meals.