Effects of stressesIt is a known fact that stresses are among the factors that destroy our body and our health. Knowing how to protect ourselves and how to cope with stresses effectively can be very helpful, so why don’t we take a look at our diet and see what we need to eat to relieve the effects of stresses? There are some simple rules, like avoiding caffeine and alcohol, avoiding fried and fatty foods, and so on.  But what foods can we add to our daily diet to be able to combat stresses?

Check out the list of 9 best anti-stress foods which we can use to assist our body and mind in coping with negative effects of stresses.

  • Bananas. These natural foods are rich in vitamin B, an important nutrient to keep stress hormones and blood pressure levels under control even in the most stressful situations.
  • Dark chocolate. It is known as one of the best anti-stress foods which is packed with flavonoids with amazing relaxing properties. Phenethylamine is another very important natural substance which can be found in dark chocolate. This chemical enhances our mood and makes us feel relaxed too. In addition to this, studies have shown that regular consumption of dark chocolate in small doses is linked to lower levels of cortisol, known also as stress hormone.
  • Beef. Rich in iron, vitamin B and zinc, beef and other types of red meat can be the best choice for the main course on a stressful day. However, remember that red meat has unhealthy saturated fat which is very harmful to your health.
  • anti stress foodsMilk. A rich source of antioxidants, vitamins B 12 and B 2, milk can be used to block the activities of free radicals associated with stresses. A study has shown that the women who drinks lowfat milk on a regular basis displayed twice less symptoms of stresses in their PMS period.
  • Cottage cheese. This type of cheese is very rich in proteins, calcium, as well as vitamins B2 and B12, which assist in banishing such symptoms of stresses as anxiety and restlessness.
  • Almonds. Other great sources of magnesium, zinc and the above mentioned vitamins. Have a little snack and eat a handful of almonds, but remember that eating more of this delicious natural foods is linked to increased risks of cardiovascular problems.
  • Salmon. This is one of the best natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are reported to be an excellent food to slow down production of hormones adrenaline and cortisol, associated with increased levels  of stresses. Also, good amounts of Omega 3 acids in our body can help boost serotonin levels making us feel more happy and content.
  • Asparagus. This amazing green vegetable is an excellent anti stress food, a natural source of folic acid, which is an important chemical that helps to balance your mood and block the hormones produced when we are stressed out.
  • Blueberries. This great low calorie product is rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C, can also effectively help us fight against stresses.

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3 Responses to “9 Best Foods To Help Us Cope With Stresses”

  1. Albin DittliNo Gravatar Says:

    Your list of nine foods for stress relief is great. They are all good. My favorite two from the list are the dark chocolate and the bananas. Actually, the two are great together. Thanks for the good post.

  2. Moshe SharonNo Gravatar Says:

    The word “Stress” actually relates to wear and tear as when the rubber meets the road on a tire or the brake pads pressing up against the rotor in the wheel. The term as it applies to living organisms was first introduced by Hans Seyle in the 1930’s who defined it as the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Thus stress symptoms are the manifestation of a chronic state of responses to stress triggers that are actually benign. Even a thought can set off the same response mechanism that would be in play while standing in front of a hungry lion. Hence, Seyle’s definition still reaches to the heart of stress management; the idea of the response being inappropriate and engaging in a process of altering ones misperception of pending disaster or imminent danger.

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