Stress and Anxiety are becoming more common every day. With work deadlines, social media demands, and loaded social calendars, many of us do not take care of our health. With so much going on, our nutrition takes a hit and negatively impacts our metabolism leaving us less able to cope with the continuing stress. A common habit for many of us is to reach for the, not so healthy, comfort foods because they are fast and easy.
But, don’t be fooled. This doesn’t bring much comfort when what you really gain are extra unwanted pounds, exhaustion and physical ailments that never seem to go away. So, instead add some of these helpers into your day:
Here is a list of some common foods that could help keep you nourished while reducing your stress and anxiety.
Leafy Greens – These type of greens, such as spinach, contain folate which produces dopamine. Dark greens helps the body become calm and increase the pleasure inducing brain chemical.
Turkey Breast – Turkey provides amino acids and is known for tryptophan. The tryptophan can help raise serotonin which is the chemical in the brain that regulates hunger and could provide a calming effect.
Yogurt – The good bacteria in yogurt will help your gut out and work on stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can cause inflammation of the GI tract and the good bacteria in yogurt can help build the helpful gut flora needed for healthier insides.
Salmon – Salmon provides omega-3 fatty acids which provides anti-inflammatory properties to the body. One 3 ounce serving of cooked Wild Salmon could help reduce stress and anxiety to the body and is good for the heart.
Making small changes and adding options to your day can help in the relief of stress and anxiety. Both can take a toll on the body by weakening its natural defense. Eating the rights foods can offer relief and provide good health.