This is Part 3 of a four-part series on stress-reducing foods, and is related to a previous article, My Diet is Making Me Anxious? which discusses the links among diet, inflammation and mood disorders, specifically anxiety. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, if you missed either of those.
As we’ve been discussing, a major component of our lifestyle is our diet. Our lifestyle, and specifically our diets, are significant contributing factors in the development of stress and anxiety. The good news is that our diets can also lessen stress and anxiety, simply by incorporating more foods that help our bodies reduce stress and anxiety, build immunity and create more balance – naturally. The following five stress-reducing foods are listed here:
11. Milk – A glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested remedy for insomnia and fidgetiness. That’s because milk is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, as well as vitamin D, protein and calcium. The protein lactium has a calming effect by lowering blood pressure, while the potassium in milk can help relieve muscle spasms triggered by feeling tense.
12. Oatmeal– A good complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress. Oatmeal can also reduce cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones). Studies have shown that eating oatmeal for breakfast can make you stay sharper throughout the morning.
13. Oranges – A Vitamin C powerhouse! Vitamin C lowers your levels of stress hormones (cortisol) and boosts the immune system. Try clementines, tangerines, tangelos & mineolas too!
14. Oysters – And you thought oysters were just supposed to be good as aphrodisiacs! They help with reducing stress, too, because they’re so high in zinc, helping to ward off anxiety and depression.
15. Raw Veggies – Crunching on raw veggies reduces stress and can even relieve tension headaches!
Stay tuned for the final five anxiety-reducing foods in our next post. In the meantime, relax and enjoy! Happy and healthy eating!