If there’s one thing that is the most challenging to avoid completely in life is stress and anxiety. With busy schedules revolving around work, family and leisure, it’s easy to lose the plot when it comes to your health. But remember that your well-being is important too, and studies show that some foods are better at combating stress.
So, why not incorporate them into a balanced diet? Most of them are available at your local grocer’s store and are simply wonderful for making you feel rejuvenated.
Nuts and Seeds
Munching on pumpkin seeds, sunflower, flax and chia are great for anxiety since they contain essential minerals like zinc along with fibre, which is so beneficial for your intestines. Meanwhile, nuts like pistachios help to lower your blood pressure and heart rate to put you at ease.
Did you know that the amino acids in green tea help fight stress in the body along with giving you a great dose of antioxidants? If you aren’t a fan you can always try caffeine-free herbal teas like chamomile and rooibos, which have an effect on cortisol, a stress hormone.
Mum was right, always eat your greens. Spinach, kale and fenugreek etc, contain magnesium that help your muscles relax so that you can feel a little less tired. Greens, known as the “chill pill” are a great way to boost your mood.
This is something that no one will say no too. One of the best ways to beat stress, studies show that an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day reduces stress in people. But remember to always choose dark chocolate, with less sugar added to it.
The gut is called the second brain in functional medicine and if your gut is healthy and happy, you will be too. Probiotics like natural yoghurt are known to reduce anxiety levels, while full-fat kefir releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone into your blood.
Salmon and oysters are not only rich in omega 3s but also in zinc, which is essential to your overall wellbeing and should be consumed at least 2 to three times a week.
A grain that you can turn both sweet and savoury, the humble oatmeal has a reputation for releasing stress-relieving hormones to uplift your mood, while also lowering cholesterol, blood sugar and providing a good source of fibre.
Colourful berries, like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are full of antioxidants that assist the stress-response in the human body and also fight it.
The most common spice that is found in all Indian households, turmeric contains the antioxidant curcumin that is scientifically proved to fight various anxiety disorders and while lifting your low spirits.