STRESS: Our greatest enemy every day. Giving off that biggest sigh of relief when your day is over is like the best thing that happened to us that day. It’s like we are in a world full of problems that is too much for our brain to take. We wish that the world would give us even just one day-off from all its problems but will never happen and for such, that stresses us more. How can we get rid of it? There is no answer, we can never get rid of all that problems until it is solved and as it is solved rise new problems and so on and so forth. The thing we can do is to adapt with it. Live with stress in such a way you’re no longer stressed at all. How to do it? Eat, with the right amount and the right type of food.
Try banana. Bananas are rich in Potassium that helps regulate your blood pressure. It maintains favorable blood sugar level and relieves you from heart burn giving you that relaxed feeling.
Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is one example; it elevates your mood that helps you cope with the tough day ahead. It aids brain function that keeps your mind on top despite all the destruction that life has prepared for you. Flax seeds are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Broccoli, orange juice, and asparagus are rich in folic acid. This is very much suggested to pregnant women as they lower stress level and prevent you from that irritable feeling.
Sugar or sweets helps lower the production of hormones linked with anxiety. When eaten, the body creates glucocorticoid that counter acts the stress reactions. Chocolates, particularly dark chocolates are said to be the most potent endorphin producing food on earth giving you that happy mood. However, never overindulge yourself as it is dangerous to health and you mind end up with sugar coma.
It has been observed that drinking Tea, four cups a day for six weeks tend to lower the production of cortisol to the body. Cortisol is a hormone linked to high stress levels. Green Tea is rich in theanine which increase brain’s output of relaxation. So, better start replacing your cup of coffee to a cup of tea (better if green tea) as coffee will only increase your stress level.
Whole grains or complex carbohydrates help your body to produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone that improves the mood and produces sensation of relaxation.
Intake of tryptophan rich foods such as milk and chicken will help as tryptophan is converted to serotonin, the relaxing hormone. Tryptophan also promotes sleep that enables you to have that good rest despite all the things that’s on your mind. Chicken contains higher level of tryptophan than that of turkey. Milk is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium that keep the blood pressure low.
Though it is not actually food, drinking a glass of water plus a slow walk outside will help lower the stress level. Water gets the blood moving and the air invigorates and stimulates endorphins that de-stress you.
Eating the right type of food will change our mood and allows us to cope with stress. Lowering stress menas lower cortisol in the body and thus higher chance in losing weight particularly around the gut. So you really don’t have to get fat to de-stress yourself. Just ensure to never over indulge yourself and you’ll be amazed on how eating can make you feel so good.