Stressed? These 4 Foods Can Help!
2020 has been a stressful year in lots of people’s books! It’s not easy to deal with a lot of the recent disruptions in our daily lives. Our bodies work differently when dealing with stress. And certain types of stressors are processed in the body in unusual ways. Some people may experience headaches, panic attacks, some can’t sleep, some have tummy issues.
We all know that things like exercise, walking, reading, and sleeping can help bring down your stress levels and keep you calm!
However, in addition to relieving stress with things like a yoga class, quiet guided meditation, a group fitness class or boxing, did you know that you can add certain foods to your diet that can take your stress down to a reasonable level. Here are 4 foods that you will want to incorporate into your diet to manage that stress:
- Leafy Greens
The recommendation to add more greens to your diet can benefit your brain health, too. Greens like spinach, kale, and mustard greens are high in vitamin C, magnesium and plant compounds which help protect your cells from damage.
- Oats and Oatmeal
Whole grains, like oats, are high in magnesium, selenium and B vitamins. Additionally, oats are complex carbohydrates, which means they’re digested more slowly, preventing quick spikes of blood sugar that can impact moods and stress.
- Fatty Fish
Want to reduce inflammation and fight oxidative stress? Fish like salmon and mackerel are high in DHA and EPA, which helps to promote healthy brain function. Salmon also claims to have high concentrations of vitamins B, D, and the antioxidant selenium.
- Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics and has vitamins B6 and D. Research shows gut bacteria impacts mood levels: One study in the Journal of Nutrition found patients who consumed a probiotic bacteria mixture found in yogurt for eight straight weeks encountered fewer depressive symptoms and reduced inflammation.