Reach for these foods next time you're on edge, under pressure or just frustrated. Here are some healthy foods that help reduce stress.
The monounsaturated fats and potassium (more than bananas) in avocados helps lower blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that one of the best ways to lower blood pressure is to consume your daily requirement of potassium.
Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease. A study by Diabetes & Metabolism found that omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in balance.
A magnesium deficiency can cause a feeling of fatigue and even migraines. One cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily need for magnesium.
Broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables are full of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress.
Containing L-tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin, the feel-good chemical of the brain, turkey is the reason you feel relaxed -- or, possibly, even tired -- after eating it.
Apricots are rich in magnesium, which is a stress-eliminator and a natural muscle relaxant.
Almonds, walnuts and pistachios
Almonds are a great source of vitamins B and E, which help boost your immune system. And walnuts and pistachios help lower your blood pressure.
Packed with beta-carotene and other vitamins, sweet potatoes are a healthy substitute to satisfy your urge to eat carbohydrates and sweets when you're under a great deal of stress.
A German pyschopharmocology study found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and corisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well-known for strengthening the immune system.
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