To be honest, a lot of stress just isn’t good for you and no amount of eating the ‘right’ things will change that. You need to tackle the cause of the problem, the stress itself. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but sometimes you can look at ways to take the stress in your life down a notch. That said, a little bit of stress can be a good thing as it can motivate you, focus you and propel you forward. In an idea world, we’d all avoid too much stress and live peaceful and blissful existences, but here in the real world, we all deal with stress from time to time.
A good basic balanced diet will help your body deal with external stresses better. Start with a good vitamin tablet daily and drink plenty of water as your foundation on which to build.
Try to keep sugar, junk food and high fat food in moderation. When you feel stressed it’s easy to reach for things like this to hit the spot straight away. Although you might get an instant hit, you’re not feeding your body good long-term nutrition.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by your circumstances, experts recommend that adding the following to your plate can help…
A little green wonder food! Packed full of vitamin B, avocados can do amazing things for your brain cells and nerves. They can also help lower your blood pressure too!
A handful of these little berries are full of vitamins and antioxidants which is great to help our body to process stress and anxiety and repair our bodies.
Now that doesn’t mean reach for a tub of ice-cream, but perhaps a pot of natural yogurt or a nice glass of warm milk? Milk contains lactium that can help lower your blood pressure and potassium that can help release tension in muscles. Other goodies are antioxidants and various B vitamins.
Grab an OJ or munch on an actual orange. This bright sunny fruit is packed with vitamin C which can reduce stress and boost the immune system. It can also help lower your stress hormones.
Chamomile Tea is great to calm frazzled nerves and help you to relax.
Packed with omega-3, ‘fatty’ fish helps your adrenaline levels to keep you calm and reduce anxiety levels.
Nuts can boost your immune system as they are full of vitamins and zinc. As well as almonds, you could try hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews, Brazilian nuts or walnuts too.
Lastly, a little bit of what you fancy does you good! Research repeatedly shows that dark chocolate is good for you and might be able to lower stress hormones and release mood improvers. Great news!