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Foods That Reduce Stress

stress free foodsMaybe you’ve heard that you can reduce stress by exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep, but did you know that you can find additional support at home in your kitchen? It’s true.

In fact, you might be surprised to learn that these stress-reducing foods are recommended for a healthy diet for a variety of health problems as well as overall wellness.

Consider adding these foods to your grocery list and make them a regular part of your weekly menu:

Oatmeal and Whole Grains

In fact, whole grain oats are some of the healthiest foods that you can eat. They are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. According to WebMD, “a bowl of warm oatmeal boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical.”

In fact, all complex carbohydrates have a positive effect on stress. Look for recipes that include whole grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Whole grains stabilize blood sugar and may support weight loss as well as stress management.

Oranges and Citrus Fruits

Oranges and citrus are rich in vitamin C. Studies suggest this vitamin can curb levels of stress hormones while strengthening the immune system. UCLA states that “intake of this vitamin can help lower the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and blood pressure during high-anxiety situations.”

Spinach, Leafy Greens, Salmon and Soybeans

This unlikely group of foods are rich in magnesium. Too little magnesium may trigger headaches and fatigue, compounding the effects of stress. All of these foods can help you to meet your nutritional need for this essential mineral.

Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon can prevent surges in stress hormones and may help protect against heart disease, depression, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Bananas and Avocados

One of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure is to get enough potassium, and believe it or not, half an avocado has more potassium than a medium-sized banana! While the healthy fat in avocados have heart healthy benefits, watch your portion size, they are equally higher in calories.

Nuts

Eating a handful of pistachios, walnuts, or almonds every day may help lower your cholesterol, ease inflammation in your heart's arteries, make diabetes less likely, and protect you against the effects of stress. Don't overdo it, though: Nuts are rich in calories.

That’s it, a healthy diet featuring a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean protein in combination with a healthy lifestyle offers the best protection against stress.

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