Stress is unavoidable hindrance in life. Some cope with it through exercise, some people make music, some people watch a movie, the list of activities to ease it is infinite. The problem for many people is having time to engage in such an activity. Ironically the most common cause of stress is the lack of time an individual has to get things done. The great thing about humans is that we always seem to find time to eat. Many people don't realize that stress can be countered with a healthy diet which can in turn give you more focus to be productive throughout your day. Here are 10 foods that can help relieve stress and keep you from being overwhelmed during the rougher days in life.
1. Black Tea
Researchers have found that one of the main nutrients of black tea, theanine, helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol and lower blood pressure which can make you more susceptible to stress and anxiety.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent keeping the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol under control as well as lubricating your joints and promoting healthy blood flow.
Those with consistently high blood pressure are known to suffer the most from stress. Avocados are plentiful in monounsaturated fats and potassium which both serve to regulate blood pressure.
Asparagus is plentiful in vitamin B and folate (folic acid). Both of these help your body produce serotonin which serves to counteract the hormones that are released by stress and promote calmness. This is the best vegetable for dealing with stress and aside from smelly urine doesn't really have any negative side effects so eat them in abundance.
The best sugary snack for overwhelmed individuals, blueberries are rich in antioxidants that promote healthy blood flow. They are also one of the fruits high in fiber which can help settle your stomach and improve digestion which can often be stressful for some.
This ever popular nut is high in zinc, an important nutrient that our bodies have no way of storing. Anxiety and depression have been linked more and more to people who have a deficiency in zinc and being as our bodies don't store reserves so well it is important to get a good amount every day.
7. Chamomile Tea
Known to be an excellent sleep aid, chamomile tea is proving more and more to directly reduce stress and anxiety. Chamomile like many other nutrients can be bought as a supplement but many prefer in tea form and have a nice, soothing cup before they go to bed.
Complex carbohydrates like those in oatmeal are great for temporary increases in serotonin levels which as you now know promotes calm. A diet made up of mostly complex carbs as opposed to simple sugary carbs like in oatmeal, bread, and pasta is good for consistently fighting stress.
Commonly referred to as the King of Zinc, oysters have more of the stress fighting nutrient per portion than any other known food. It also has the additional bonus of being a natural aphrodisiac.
10. Green Tea
Like black tea, green tea is a good source of theanine which reduces blood pressure and inhibits the stress hormone, cortisol. Green tea has also been linked to fighting cancer cells and mental awareness as well.
Ken Stanfield is a writer, blogger, and health enthusiast who spends his time researching and writing about health care, geriatric healthcare needs, and humanitarianism. He currently writes for the rollator: justwalkers.com.