Stress is a necessary aspect to our daily life. In fact, stress is what gets us up in the morning and keeps us motivated. Stress can become a problem however, if it spirals out of control or when we experience high levels of stress over a sustained length of time. High levels of stress can affect a person’s physical and mental health. It is important to be aware of how stress affects ourselves on an individual basis, knowing the signs and symptoms allows us to take action. Were you aware that there are certain foods which exacerbate stress? There are also foods which help us to manage stress more effectively. This article aims to highlight foods to include and foods to avoid in your diet.
As people respond to stress in different ways it’s essential to adopt stress busting techniques which work for you. Some people find that exercise lowers stress levels, others find that CBD oil offers them relief. Perhaps you enjoy walking in the great outdoors or immersing yourself in a good book.
Some foods are best avoided in order to combat stress, unfortunately some of these are foods which you naturally crave when under pressure. When stressed we naturally crave foods with high fat and sugar content, however these just provide a “quick fix” before a slump quickly ensues. It is also a good idea to avoid stimulants such as coffee, highly caffeinated drinks and drinks which contain a lot of sugar.
Thankfully there are foods which are useful at lowering stress levels. Consider including a range in your daily diet.
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate has surprising health benefits. There is evidence to show that a small amount of dark chocolate included in your diet induces a feeling of calm a well as lowers blood pressure. Dark chocolate also contains a high level of polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants.
Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel contain high levels of omega 3 which is thought to lower anxiety, depression and improve brain function. Walnuts are also an excellent source of omega 3.
Blueberries are the ultimate superfood. They pack an unbelievable amount of health benefits into the tiny, delicious berries. The antioxidants found in blueberries are believed to be beneficial in boosting the body’s dopamine levels which in turn increases mood.
In fact all berries have health benefits which are useful for controlling stress levels. All berries contain high levels of vitamin C. This lowers cortisol levels within the body, making the levels much more manageable.
Chamomile has been used to lower anxiety and induce calmness for centuries. The tea can be infused to make a lovely warming drink in order to relax prior to going to sleep or it’s available as a supplement.
Your main aim is to consume a healthy well balanced diet. Including the above foods along with lots of leafy green vegetables will help you to control stress levels. It is important to eat regularly in order to regulate blood sugar levels. If you experience low blood sugar symptoms of stress will be exacerbated considerably.