We’ve all heard that eating brought on by stress can be a bad thing. But according to Woman’s Health Magazine, eating certain foods can help you cope, reduce stress and offset the negative effects of all that pressure. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider these foods:
Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. Almonds also contain Vitamin B which is known to help your system deal with stress. Shell pistachios or crack walnuts have been found to reduce blood pressure — both under stress and normal conditions.
Avocados are high in potassium and contain monounsaturated fat, both of which can help to lower blood pressure. Potassium is one of the best ways to reduce blood pressure according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and just half an avocado offers 487 milligrams, more than you’ll get from a medium-size banana. To get your avocado fix, try making your own homemade guacamole or avocado salad dressing.
There is science to back up the old warm-milk remedy for insomnia and restlessness. Calcium can reduce muscle spasms and ease tension. Skim or 1 percent milk fat is preferred if you’re trying to reduce fat in your diet.
Carbohydrates make the brain produce more serotonin, the same relaxing brain chemical released when you eat dark chocolate. Oatmeal contains carbohydrates but also is high in fiber, allowing the carbohydrates to be absorbed into your bloodstream gradually. The more slowly your body absorbs carbs, the more steadily the serotonin flows and the longer the mood-changing effect lasts. Plus fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet.
When facing high amounts of stress, pouring a glass of orange juice or grabbing an orange or tangerine can help settle the nerves. The vitamin C in citrus fruits has been shown to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones. For a refreshing and relaxing treat any time of the day, try mixing Syfo Original Seltzer with your favorite citrus fruit juice.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish like salmon or tuna are a great stress-hormone reducer and also protect against heart disease. In addition to salmon, fatty acids can be found in eggs, yogurt, milk, and soy products.
Spinach is rich in magnesium and 7 out of 10 people are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium can help lower your stress levels and not getting enough magnesium can bring on migraine headaches and fatigue. Just one cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily value—so try using it instead of lettuce on sandwiches and salads.
You can read the entire article on stress-reducing foods on the Women’s Health Magazine website.