Did you know that what you eat can actually determine your emotions for the day? Certain foods can help you feel upbeat and positive, they can help you tackle stress and keep you healthy. So, while it is good to choose a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, yoga and healthy diet; do make sure your diet contains the following foods in the right quantities.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away and actually does much more! If you suffer from stress induced migraines and headaches; bid them goodbye with an apple every morning. You may be surprised to learn that studies suggest just the smell of green apple can help relieve headaches.
If you are chuckling in appreciation, do keep in mind to consume dark chocolate in moderation. A little dark chocolate goes a long way in controlling cortisol and catecholamines, hormones associated with stress. It also helps boost the release of endorphins and increased production of the happy hormone serotonin.
Oranges are almost always on every list that talks about healthy skin, hair and strong immunity thanks to the abundance of Vitamin C in the fruit. It is also responsible for lowering blood pressure and the stress-inducing cortisol. Consume the fresh fruit or juice without additional sugar.
Black Tea/Green Tea
While excessive levels of caffeine can have detrimental effects, in the right doses it can keep you sharp, alert and upbeat. Black tea or green tea in moderation helps you stay energised and fresh all day long, a must for every busy woman!
If you enjoy meat, choose fish over the other meats as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. While there are many benefits to having an omega-3 rich diet, it also helps relieve stress by reducing cortisol and adrenaline. Salmon is the best option, have it at least once every week.
Carbs can be a healthy stress-relieving snack option if done right! So, if you are feeling stressed and hungry, opt for a bowl of oatmeal with warm milk instead of the cheeseburger. Oatmeal aids in the production of serotonin, which makes you feel happy and calm.
Did you know that lowered levels of Magnesium can also leave you feeling stressed and tired? Spinach and other leafy greens can boost Magnesium levels in the body ensuring lower levels of the stress-inducing hormone cortisol.
One of the organs that have it the hardest during a spurt of stress is the heart. It is also one of the organs that suffer from a bad diet, so do yourself a favour and consume a handful of pistachios each day.
A warm glass of milk can also help you beat stress. In fact, doctors recommend a warm glass of milk at bedtime to ensure a good night’s sleep. It is also helpful in tackling stress associated with PMS. For the calorie conscious opt for low-fat or skimmed version.
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