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Life has a way of getting the best of us some days.  Whether it’s working too many hours, shuffling your kids all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  But there are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat.

Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is a good start when life’s particularly stressful.  Stimulants and depressants like these can both zap your energy and rob you of the fuel you need to successfully cope with tension.  Sugary foods should also be avoided as well, as they cause your blood sugar levels to spike then dip rapidly, which can in turn make your energy levels spike and dip at the same rate.

However, there are several superfoods out there that provide you with the energy and nutrition your body needs to keep stress in check

Asparagus, which is high in folic acid, can help level out your moods. Folic acid and vitamin B are key players in producing serotonin, a chemical that gets you into a good mood.

And though we may hear negative things regarding red meat, it’s actually a wise dinner option for a stressed-out family. Beef’s high levels of iron, zinc and B vitamins not only help get you into a good mood, but help you stay there as well.  Your local butcher can help you select lean cuts for the healthiest options

Milk really does a body good. Chock full of calcium, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins B2 and B12, it helps strengthen bones and promotes healthy cell regeneration.  Paired with a healthy whole-grain cereal choice in the morning, low-fat milk is a great way to start your day and arm yourself to do battle with the stressors that await you.  Cottage cheese is also another great dairy choice, and when coupled with a fruit that’s high in vitamin C, it helps the body battle free radicals that run rampant during your most stressed periods.

Almonds are also an awesome choice when it comes to arming yourself against stress.  They’re high in magnesium, zinc, as well as vitamins B2, C, and E and unsaturated fats, all which are great warriors against free radicals, which have been shown to cause cancers and heart disease.

Superfoods can be the basis of a sound, healthy, nutritious solution to curing stress, anxiety, depression and many other mental diseases. Getting your nutrition from real food is a good habit for life.

Post Author: Healing Body

41 Replies to “Superfoods To Fight Stress: Manage Your Stress Naturally through Superfoods”

  1. In addition to almonds, I would also add chestnuts. They are nutrition bombs. You can just add to your cereal for instance or desert.

  2. When stressed or anxious, the best food might be none at all. The stressors may be mental/emotional, but those things do affect the physical self as well. The body is needing to deal with the effects of the stress, in which case the digestion of food is just one more thing it has to attend to. This is probably why many people don’t get hungry when they’re upset. Try sticking with a very light or liquid diet until you’ve gotten the stress under control.

  3. Eating as a stress response
    A new study indicates that many humans might be “self-medicating” when faced with chronic stress, by eating more comfort foods containing sugar and fat. In the long term, the habit may dampen down the body’s stress response, governed by the hormone cortisol, according to UCSF researchers.Dec 7, 2011

  4. I can agree with having a milk before going to sleep while having a music on. It sounds like a kiddo but I still does. Then, no screen-based activities one hour before going to sleep.

  5. Very informing article indeed. I especially love the place of stress management. I never knew this. Thank you for informing me!!

  6. Very Informative Article. Helps Keeping Body Well In Shape And Managing Stress. I Think It Is The Best Suggestion To Keep In Good Health.

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