We all go through stressful days at work or at home. The list of things to do seems never ending and deadlines seem to pile up. We know, that in these times of stress we tend to go for a slice of pizza or unhealthy food. Also, who has time to eat something healthy?
Some studies have shown that diet can affect personal stress levels. So eating smart can help you relax and deal with tough situations. The following 5 foods have gained fame as brain foods.
Nuts and particularly walnuts are a really powerful food and an ideal snack when we are stressed. Walnuts have many health benefits: they are rich in omega 3, which helps reduce the risk of depression. Walnuts also contain tryptophan, an amino acid used in the production of the happiness hormone serotonin. Eating a handful of walnuts a day is a simple way to improve your mood. And people who are happy tend to be less stressed. You can enjoy them as an aperitif and also dressed in a salad or with an oatmeal breakfast.
And speaking of oatmeal… It’s so much more than runners’ breakfast. If you have a busy day full of meetings, a bowl of oatmeal is just what you need. Oatmeal flakes are full of fiber that causes blood sugar levels to rise slowly rather than spikes. This means that oatmeal keeps you on a full stomach longer.
If you don’t have much time to eat, it is very tempting to ask for a pizza or hamburger to be brought home. But next time try opting for a salad. That because? Well, because green leafy vegetables like spinach contain folic acid. The body needs this B vitamin to build the neurotransmitter dopamine, which helps relieve symptoms of depression. Also, a light salad won’t feel heavy on your stomach. This way you will feel more energetic and can deal with stressful situations.
Have you tried blueberries? This purple fruit is especially high in anthocyanins (antioxidants) and has been shown to have many health benefits, especially in terms of reducing stress. Blueberries also contain vitamin C, a vitamin that strengthens the immune system. This is particularly important because people who are constantly stressed tend to be sick more often. No fresh blueberries in your supermarket? You can also go for frozen ones and mix them with hot oatmeal.
Dark chocolate can be very good for your health. The polyphenols contained in cocoa beans reduce the levels of stress hormones (especially cortisol) in the blood. So next time you break your skin at work, enjoy some dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa) and let it melt in your mouth.
If your life is stressful and chaotic right now, try increasing your intake of these 5 anti-stress foods. You will notice how good they make you feel, unlike unhealthy foods.
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