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Sunday, December 9, 2012

How To Manage Stress with Food - The Healthy Way

Brows furrowed? Barely able to breathe and can't sleep? It's time to relax and de-stress.
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There are a lot of ways to cope with stress that life throws at us. One of which is through meditation that requires determination and patience to stop the momentum of anxiety and nervousness. Others relieve stress through yoga or pilates, which combine healthy exercise with breathing and meditative movements.
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We all have the capabilities to de-stress. In fact, we don't even need to go out of our comfort zones to relieve stress. Watch your favorite DVD collection, open a window to let the air in, reread your favorite book, dress up, play a video game or drop the F-bomb about your boss or colleague.

Those, as mentioned above, are just a few of many strategies that we can all do to de-stress. Now add to that list: eating the right food.

The first thing that comes to mind to de-stress is comfort foods like a bag of chips, ice cream or a candy bar. Eating these types of food in large quantities and frequently is a bad habit that should be avoided because they are, generally, not good for the health and do not help in relieving stress. These foods may comfort you but it is for awhile only, thus the effect doesn't last long.

Here are the list of Healthy Foods that Can Help Manage Stress:


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* Wholewheat oatmeal or cereals - Start your day right with healthy breakfast like any complex carbohydrate-rich foods because they prompt brains to make more serotonin which is feel-good chemical and can also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.

* Fruits that are rich in Vitamin C like oranges - can curb levels of stress hormones.

* A Handful of Nuts like pistachios, walnuts and almonds - they help keep stress hormone levels low.

* Dark Green Leafy Vegetables like spinach and kale - these veggies contain B-complex vitamins that help calm the nerves and magnesium which help keep headaches and fatigue at bay

* Fatty fish like salmon and tuna - has Omega3 fatty acids which can prevent surges in stress hormones

* Banana and Avocado - high in potassium which aids in regulation of blood pressure and can also relieve heartburn

* Black Tea - helps reduce the amount of high stress levels (cortisol).

* Green Tea - reduces the output of tension-making beta waves.

* A Glass of Cold Water - drink this before going out for a walk to get your blood moving and the air invigorates by stimulating the endorphins that help de-stress.

* Dark Chocolate (with cocoa content of 70% more) - most potent endorphin-producing food.

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* Asparagus - rich in folic acid that prevent irritability and fatigue.

* A Glass of Milk - contains calcium, magnesium and potassium.

* Raw Celery or Carrots - munching veggie sticks helps release a clenched jaw, therefore they can ward off tension.





Please Note:

This is intended for general informational purposes only. Consult professional medical advice in seeking treatment.

Visit the references for more information.
References:

How To De-Stress in 1 Minute

Managing Stress Through Regular Exercise

Pilates and Yoga Techniques to De-Stress

16 Ways to De-stress

Diet for Stress Management

11 Healthy Ways to De-Stress with Food


Have a stress-free holiday!

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