Foods That Reduce Stress

Various_grains_edit2Most people struggle with balancing personal life with work commitments. The pressure of getting everything done can be overwhelming. All of that stress can lead to other issues, including high blood pressure and depression.

More importantly, stress leads to making poor food choices. When you self-medicate with junk food, it can actually amplify anxiety and do more damage to your health. Fortunately, there are a few healthy foods that actually help offset stress.

Include these in your regular diet, and you’ll feel more grounded and more productive. You might even lose a few pounds in the process.

  • Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts serotonin production, which helps alleviate stress. Add turkey to your morning omelet or slice it up into a salad at lunch.
  • Spinach is a great source of magnesium, a calming mineral. Spinach is also a great source of fiber and helps boost your energy levels.
  • Salmon is full of Omega-3’s, which help boost serotonin levels. The DHA (docosahexanoic acid) in Omega-3 fats help to nourish the brain while depleting stress hormones. Plus, the Omega-3 in salmon can reduce inflammation and promote healthy blood flow.
  • Nuts and seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, which help reduce stress. Walnuts are one of the best sources of Omega-3’s. Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production and can take the edge off a stressful day.
  • Oatmeal has complex carbohydrates that help boost serotonin production. Plus, oats have a lot of calming magnesium as well as potassium, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits are a great way to get your Vitamin C, which studies show reduces stress levels. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts your immune system. High levels of Vitamin C have even been shown to battle cancerous cells.
  • Sweet potatoes and carrots are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates, which can help to boost serotonin production. Since they have a subtle sweetness to them, they can offset cravings for sugar. Sweet potatoes and carrots are also a great source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your blood pressure and your heart.

What are some healthy food options that help you reduce stress?

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