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Foods That Help Conquer Stress

[11 May 2010 | One Comment | 11 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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The next time you are feeling stressed out, don’t panic. You don’t have to live with these feelings. You can practice relaxation techniques, you can watch a funny movie and you can talk it out with your best friend, but there is something else you can do, too. You can eat the right foods. There are foods that actually help you conquer stress.

It is true that your emotions can be related to the foods that you eat each day. When you are feeling stressed, depressed or panicked, then you probably have a tendency to do what most people do—you grab junk. Junk food is no good for you when you are stressed. These foods, full of sugar and refined flour can give you a quick boost, but you will soon fade. The same goes for caffeine. Instead of grabbing the junk that can only make you feel worse, take a look at these following foods that will help you overcome the stress you are feeling, without taking any type of medications.

Low fat dairy products: Dairy products are so good for you and when you choose the low fat variety, then you are giving your body an added boost. Low fat and skim milk are high protein, low sugar and high in calcium and vitamins. When you have foods that are high in protein, then you can help stabilize your blood sugar. For a quick pick me up, drink a glass of skim milk or grab a container of low fat yogurt.

Blueberries: You may have heard a lot about the health benefits of blueberries. Blueberries are wonder-fruits. They are high in vitamin c and contain fiber. They are also high in antioxidants, which can help you feel better and give your brain a quick, healthy boost.

Oranges: Oranges are great for everyone, especially for those that are feeling stressed out beyond belief. Think about Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps fight off colds and gives you a boost. Oranges are packed with Vitamin C, so keep a stash of delicious, fresh oranges when you are feeling stressed.

Turkey: How do you feel after you eat a big turkey dinner? You probably feel full and relaxed. This is because turkey contains the amino acid called L-Tryptophan. This gives you a release of serotonin, which will relax your body and your mind. It stands to reason that when you are feeling stressed, then a meal of turkey can help relax your overworked mind.

Water: Water is essential to your body. You need it for your skin and for your body. When you are dehydrated, even just a little, you can stress your body. You can fight that off by making sure that you keep your body hydrated with a good amount of water each and every day. Don’t like to drink water? Then how about ice water with a squeeze of fresh lemon?

Apricots: Apricots will also be great for your body when you are feeling stressed. That is because they contain magnesium which is a natural relaxant for your body. You can eat fresh apricots or dried ones. They all have the same effect.

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