Eat Smart... Stay Stress Free
Midterms, finals, college applications, summer vacation plans, work, work, work! It all adds up to stress, and our natural response to the pressures of a full life.
What you eat during times of stress can either add to it or ease it up. So eat smart and stay on a happier stress-free road.
5 Stress Busting Foods
During stressful times, your diet can actually help you reduce the physical responses to burdens of the pressure.
Lower your blood pressure with 1.5 ounces of walnuts daily. A recent study found that consuming walnut oil over a six-week period lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure stress response.
Raise your serotonin levels to increase your energy and improve your mood by eating oatmeal and high-fiber whole grains.
Suppress adrenaline production with omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like salmon. The American Heart Association recommends you eat at least two 3.5 ounce servings every week.
Lower your blood’s level of the stress hormone cotisol – and recover from stress quicker – by drinking tea.
Regulate your blood sugar level with the magnesium found in spinach. Just one cup of spinach gives you 40% of the daily recommended value of magnesium, which could ease those tension headaches and that anxiety.
This article originally appeared on USAF FitFamily©, a publication of the U.S. Air Force. Republished with permission.