5 foods that fight stress

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with the holiday season here, stress can overcome anyone.  finding ways to fight stress is key to surviving!  fitsugar.com presents 5 foods that fight that stress:

With the holiday season in full swing — presents to buy, meals to prepare, hardly a moment to hit the gym — it’s easy to quickly become stressed out. And stress can trigger a load of other health issues, so it’s best to keep our stress levels in check. While we’re inclined to choose a not-so-healthy snack to put our stress at ease, there’s a better solution in the way of food. Just read on to find out which healthy foods can help conquer stress and boost your mood.

Almonds

Munch on almonds and other nuts as a healthy, stress-fighting snack. Nuts are loaded with vitamin E, which boosts immunity. A healthy immune system means you’re less likely to fall victim to that cold that’s making its way around the office, and a healthier you means a less stressed you, too.

Dark Chocolate

Too much indulgence is likely to keep you from your weight-loss goals, but a small portion of chocolate as a pick-me-up isn’t such a bad idea. This sweet treat helps to boost serotonin levels, which plays a key role in dealing with stress. In a study conducted by Duke Medical Center, researchers found that lower levels of serotonin actually cause a more extreme reaction when the body encounters stress.

Oranges

Swap an apple for an orange. Oranges deliver some serious vitamin C which, in addition to aiding the immune system, is now credited with reducing the physical and psychological effects of stress on the body.

Spinach

Turns out Popeye knew a thing or two about stress management. Spinach and other dark leafy greens like Swiss chard and kale are loaded with magnesium, which has been credited as a major stress fighter, helping to relax muscle fibers and put you at ease.

 

Fish

Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, is a perfect stress-fighting dinner option. Omega-3’s have been shown to boost mood and brain function, and can aid significantly in dealing with anxiety and depression.

 

 

take a minute to catch your breath, relax, and remember that ‘everything’s going to be okay!’

❤ kt

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