Living under chronically stressful conditions can wreak havoc on our health especially if we aren’t getting our bodies the nutrition they need. Food is our medicine. In the case of stress and anxiety, and even depression, processed foods can create oxidative stress, inflammation, as well as mood disorders.
95% of the serotonin in our bodies is created in our digestive tract. It takes the good gut bacteria to produce it. Those with positive gut flora have lower anxiety and stress rates as well as improved mental health. By utilizing foods that can lower stress and anxiety in our diets we can effectively help heal the issue at the root rather than treating the symptoms with antidepressants or antianxiety medications.
Below are 5 of the top foods that help your body deal with stress.
Turmeric – curcumin, found in turmeric, may be just as effective as Prozac in treating anxiety and depression. It enhances neuron health, regenerates brain cells, and reduces inflammation.
Avocados – Avocados are a brain food. Rich in magnesium and monounsaturated fats they help nourish the nervous system, balance blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure. Foods that are high in magnesium such as bananas, black beans, and dark chocolate are all very helpful in reducing stress.
Oranges – Craving sugar? Oranges are great at replacing simple sugar treats. Rich in vitamins and minerals they are high in antioxidants and boost our immunity.
Turkey – We all know that post-Thanksgiving meal sleepy feeling. That is caused by tryptophan a chemical naturally found in turkey that promotes mental health and well-being. It is a known stress buster.
Oatmeal – A diet rich with whole grains can help lower your risk of depression and anxiety. Complex carbohydrates can help balance blood sugar. It can also help you stay feeling fuller longer because it is rich in folate, magnesium, and B Vitamins.
A few additional tips worth mentioning.
Cut out sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.
Do not give up carbs. They play an important role in absorption of serotonin. Choose whole grains over simple carbs.
Eat breakfast every day. It helps you stabilize blood sugar and boost your mood setting the tone for the day.
Ready to give your body what it needs to perform at its best?
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