5 Foods That Calm & De-Stress
Besides being an excellent source of healthy fat, these creamy green fruits (yes, fruits) can stress-proof your body. They're rich in glutathione, a substance that blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage (the process that creates free radicals, the harmful compounds responsible for aging). Avocados also contain more folate than any other fruit. Try to stick to a single serving (about one- quarter of an avocado).
2) Walnuts Walnuts contain alpha- linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid, and other polyphenols that have been shown to help prevent memory loss. And studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that the omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check. To bring out their flavor, I toast them for 10 minutes, then chop them and add them to salads. They can also be ground up and substituted for flour.
Chocolate contains polyphenols and magnesium which have been clinically shown to reduce the effects of stress and induce a state of calm. It also contains flavonols, making it a heart healthy super food! To reap the benefits opt for organic, sustainably and responsibly sourced dark chocolate - the darker the better.
4) Berries Dark berries provide a boost in energy, contain anti-oxidants, are rich in vitamins and phytonutrients (plant nutrients). They offer a variety of antioxidants that are considered extremely beneficial for relieving stress. Many experts also believe that peaches fall into this category as well, because they have nutrients that appear to have a sedation (calming) effect. Check out the Clean 15/Dirty Dozen list while choosing to avoid pesticide ridden produce.
5) Maca Root
Maca root is not exactly a popular food item in grocery stores, but the powder can be added to several foods and beverages and is found in a variety of health food stores. It's believed that this root has more phytonutrients than nearly every type of fruit and vegetable, including magnesium and iron – two important nutrients for controlling anxiety. It also is often used for healthy stamina, sex drive and over all energy.
Other Foods for Anxiety and Stress
Healthy eating is one of the best ways to control anxiety and stress. In fact, one of the best things you can add to your diet is to drink more water. Many studies have found that dehydration affects as many as 25% of those with persistent stress or more, and dehydration is known to cause more anxiety. As for foods, anything with magnesium, vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins), zinc, and antioxidants can be beneficial for helping you deal with stress