De-Stress With Food
By Nmami Agarwal
Do you often experience symptoms of uncalled stress and anxiety- like palpitations, nervousness, anguish, anger of frustration? Or do you constantly feel unhappy without any significant reasons? Well, you are not alone. There are many people in today’s world who experience bouts of stress and anxiety almost every day. And many of them are even dealing with it since many years.
One of the important relationships that you can establish with your food is positivity. There are many foods that are scientifically proven to relax your mind and bring about a state of total calmness. Get ready to ward off your daily stressors by incorporating these wonderful foods in your diet.
- Avocados- Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B Vitamins. Vitamin B complex comprising of eight Vitamins, is essential for healthy nerve and brain cells. Feelings of stress and anxiety are also rooted down to a lack of Vitamin B in the diet. In fact, a depletion of Vitamin B6 is directly linked to hormonal imbalances and increased internal stressors. You can consume avocado seasoned with pinch salt and pepper, or you can add them to your scrambled eggs, or use avocado mash as a substitute of mayo, or put it into your soups or salads.
- Walnuts- Owing to a great extent of Omega- 3 Fatty acids present in them, walnuts are excellent to munch on while you are stressed. Omega 3 Fatty acids have been proven through many researches to lower down the levels of cortisol which is the primary stress hormone in the body. Walnuts also contain melatonin, which is a hormone associated with regulation of sleep. Hypertensive people who often experience stress and elevation of blood cholesterol can be significantly benefitted by a regular consumption of walnuts every day. Walnuts are also rich in Vitamin E that may protect your brain cells and keeps your mind alert and responsive.
You can simply much on a handful of walnuts every day, or you can add it to your breakfast cereal or incorporate it into your smoothies and salads.
- Chamomile Tea- Chamomile is a type of herb that comes from a plant that bears daisy-like flowers. The flowers are sun-dried and are then consumed in the form of tea. Chamomile tea is free of caffeine, and works best for people opting for de-caffeinated teas. It contains an antioxidant called apigenin that helps in reducing insomnia also known as lack of sleep. A cup of chamomile tea also provides you with significant doses of serotonin, and melatonin- both of these hormones work by reducing the levels of stress hormone from the body and providing you with an instant relief. Chamomile tea is an excellent drink from those who often suffer from migraine headaches. The soft aroma of chamomile tea is really soothing to the brain and body cells, and it also aids in many other functions like- maintenance of blood glucose, reduction in inflammatory processes, and improvement of skin health. Best way to consume chamomile herb is in the form of infused tea.
- Chia Seeds- Chia seeds are really excellent for de-stressing your body in the most natural way. These seeds are rich sources of Magnesium, which is an essential mineral to manage stress and depression. Many researchers believe that a wide spread prevalence of depression is because of Omega-3 Fatty Acid deficiency in the diet. Chia seeds contain high levels of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids, that prevents brain cells from the oxidative damage caused due to chronic stress. Chia seeds also contain tryptophan which is an amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin- also known as the “happy hormone”. Serotonin further induces calmness, relaxation and better sleep.
You can consume overnight soaked chia seeds directly or you may add them to your breakfast porridge or to your healthy smoothie.
Over to you-
Stress doesn’t take you anywhere, not even an inch closer to the solutions you might be seeking, but it can play havoc on your body by disrupting many physiological functions. Stress is one of the major contributing factors to many diseases like- heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and depression. Next time whenever you are experiencing sudden bouts of anxiety or stress, just grab a cup of chamomile tea or put chia seeds to your smoothie or munch on walnut. Stay Happy & Healthy always!
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