People go on diets for all sorts of reasons – for better health, to prevent diseases, or to just lose some extra weight. Have you ever heard of someone going on a diet to help them with their stress? These foods can help you manage your stress better. As you know, less stress means more health benefits!
First let’s start off with complex carbohydrates. Adding these to your diet helps your brain make more serotonin, which is a natural mood booster. Also, complex carbs can keep your blood sugar balanced, which will help you not feel overwhelmed when something stressful pops up in your day.
Studies suggest that vitamin C can help curb levels of stress hormones. Plus, vitamin C is great for your immune system. Try taking vitamin C before a stressful task or meeting to recover from your stress more quickly.
Too little of this important nutrient in your diet can trigger headaches and fatigue, which only makes stress worse. Bump up your magnesium levels with spinach. If you aren’t a spinach fan, soybeans and salmon are also high in magnesium.
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like tuna and salmon help prevent surges of the stress hormone and protect your heart. It’s a win-win. However, if you don’t like fish, you could always take a supplement to receive the same benefits.
Switch out your coffee habit for black tea. Those who drank black tea found that they were less stressed out and recovered more quickly from a stressful situation. Chamomile tea is also a great pick for a calming tea.
Keep almonds ready at hand for every time your blood sugar dips or every time a stressful situation pops up. Almonds are a great and healthy snack for keeping your blood sugar level. They are also full of two great vitamins – E and B. These will help keep your immune system and help keep stress away.
If you can’t handle the stress in your day, try switching up your diet a bit. Dealing with stress is two-fold. Those with healthier diets were able to control their stress levels better, and because they had less stress, they were also healthier.
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