Stress is basically a bodily response under which our body tends to react as to ‘fight or flight.’ Our body releases certain a mixture of hormones/chemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine making our body ready for some physical action e.g. diverting blood to muscles and shutting down necessary functions of the body like digestion. So, here are some natural or healthy diet for stress that causes our body to react in a more controlled and relieved way.
Under this condition many complex hormones are released irritating our digestive system. As a result our body wants to binge on carbs or sweetened food such as cheese burgers or ice-creams but cliche to say going green is the safest option instead.
Green vegetables specially the leafy ones like spinach consists folate (folic acid- a complex form vitamin-B), which produces dopamine (a brain chemical which induces pleasure) helping us in staying calm. A study shows that the middle-aged people who consumed folate in any form, exhibited less symptoms of depression and were more likely to be calm, more energetic and happy, on the days when they ate more fruits and vegetables than those who consumed it the least. And hence green vegetables contributes to healthy diet for stress.
Well, it may sound a bit strange but the bacteria present in our gut may contribute to stress. Researches shows that the brain sends signals to the gut and the stress can provoke gastrointestinal symptoms, consequently making the communication to flow the other way from gut to brain. According to other study on certain women, it was revealed that the women who were consuming probiotics in yogurt reduced brain activity including stress, in emotion handling parts of the brain as compared to the women who didn’t.
Under stressed situation, our body fights some internal confused battles. Some natural foods can really helps us to get relieved. Considering blueberries here, highly rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients helps in kicking off stress. Research shows that blueberry boosts our immune system by energizing the white bloods cells responsible for countering the stress.
When our mind keeps on executing the negative thoughts in loops. That’s why it is necessary to know about the healthy diet for stress. Consuming pistachios (containing phytonutrients and antioxidants), can reduce the risks of stress by surpassing the cardiovascular health.
Cashews are the great source of zinc which can alleviate anxiety and irritability. FYI: one ounce of cashews provides 11% of the recommended value of zinc required by our body.
Some seeds like- sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are a substantial source of magnesium and studies shows that magnesium lessens stress and other physical responses such as fatigue,depression and irritability.
OK now, who doesn’t love eating chocolates, right ? Research shows that the regular consumption of dark chocolate ( just a bar, not a complete chocolate in one go) can reduce and regulate the stress hormones and cortisol. Also, cocoa is rich in antioxidants which relaxes the walls of our blood vessels and furthermore bettering the total cardiovascular health . Its better to prefer the chocolates with 70% of cocoa.
The above mentioned list of the post contains the 5 natural stress buster foods. Tell us which one would you prefer for your healthy diet to manage stress or which one is your favorite out of them all! Drop your answer in the comment section below. We’ll be happy to know !
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