Stress-busting Foods

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Studies revealed that about 40% of Americans are overeating and are munching on unhealthy foods as a result of stress. While a bag of chips or a bowl of ice cream can buy you a temporary sense of calm, their calming properties wear off way too fast. After the initial pleasure wears off, you’ll feel guilty and even more anxious.  The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, skip the chips and try one of these stress-busting foods.

Nuts

Are you looking for something you can really dig your teeth into? If so, snack on nuts.

Nuts are a good source Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which studies have associated with lower rates of stress and depression. Almonds, in particular, are rich in Vitamin B and E, which helps boost the immune system in times of stress. Just a handful is enough to produce a feel-good effect. Don’t overdo it, especially if you’re watching your weight.

Avocado

Feelings of anxiety may be caused by a lack of vitamin B deficiency. Avocados are a great source of B vitamins as well as 20 essential nutrients.

Eating avocados help improve blood cholesterol level and reduce your risk of heart diseases. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats so watch your portions if you don’t want to gain weight.

Dark chocolates

When we’re stressed, we often crave for something sweet and fatty. Instead of grabbing a pint of ice cream, eat dark chocolates instead.

Dark chocolates contain substances that can regulate your stress hormones and create a sense of euphoria. The antioxidants in chocolates can also improve circulation, lower blood pressure and trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax. Yes, chocolates are considered as sweets, but given all these benefits, you really can’t go wrong by adding it to your diet. Look for chocolates with at least 70% cocoa content.

Berries

Berries may be small, but they are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which is essential for countering stress.

Blueberries contain anthocyanin, which aids our brain in the production of dopamine. They have also been linked to all kinds of positive outcome. Add them to yogurt, oat meal or as a snack on their own.

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