Eat More, Relax More!
Feeling stressed? Frustrated? Need to unwind? Well it is possible to eat your way to a more relaxed state. And, no, pigging out on high-calorie junk food while lying back on the sofa in front of the telly is not what we are talking about.
Whilst there isn’t a cure-all food to suddenly erase frustration and take away your stresses, you can get some stress relief with a combination of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day, and getting more of these fresh goodies.
Here are some popular foods that could potentially help you de-stress and relax.
Wholemeal carbohydrates; eating carbohydrate-rich foods will give you an energy boost and triggers the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin. Be careful to consume the right kind of carbs! Stick to wholegrain options as opposed to sugary carbs for example.
Carrots; munching on crunchy foods also helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh vegetables offer satisfying crispness, but won’t bog you down with too many calories. Peppers, carrots and celery dipped in some hummus is an extremely satisfying snack. Give it a try!
Nuts! Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts are high in the antioxidant vitamin E and zinc, both good for boosting the immune system.
Eat leafy vegetables like spinach. It’s a veg that is extremely full of magnesium, which can help control and limit your body’s release of the stress-spiking hormone cortisol.
Yoghurt; work more calcium into your diet with non-fat or low-fat yogurt, which contains probiotics that help create a healthy and calm digestive system. When your body is more relaxed physically, psychologically you will feel more relaxed.
Chocolate; research indicates that dark chocolate, that is with 70 per cent or more cocoa, may lower levels of stress hormones. However, don’t over indulge. The odd bit of dark chocolate now and again is beneficial, but too much can increase body fat.
Milk; have a glass to get more B-vitamins, protein, vitamin D and bone-building calcium to relieve tense muscles.
Banana & avocado; this involves two things, we know. So what do these fruits have in common? They’re loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low.
Fatty fish; the heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected. They’re also good for just about every part of your body, including the eyes, skin and hair.