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Conquering Stress With Foods


You slept in, you’re running late, your car wont start and your boss is on the war path. The chip machines are looking good to you right now but wait! Certain foods can increase stress so learn to conquer stress with certain foods.

First go orange. That’s right, when the stress mounts reach for an orange. In a study in Psychopharmacology, German researchers tested 120 people and found those who received at least 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed, and their blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol returned to normal faster. “Vitamin C is also a well-known immune system booster,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

When the stress is really out of control, put that cookie down and go for a handful of almonds, pistachios or walnuts. These nuts are packed with the antioxidant vitamin E which boosts the immune system and fights off stress. Almonds contain B vitamins which can reduce stress. A 2007 Penn State found that eating one and a half ounces (about a handful) of pistachios a day lowers blood pressure so your heart doesn’t have to work overtime.

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If stress till has got the best of you try some guacamole. Avocados have potassium which can lower blood pressure. One of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is to get enough potassium. Just half an avocado offers 487 milligrams, more than you’ll get from a medium-size banana.

Oatmeal is a healthy carbohydrate that fuels your brains production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for promoting relaxation and feelings of well-being. Put a bit of skim milk on your oatmeal because it turns out that calcium can reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension. A cup of milk may also have additional benefits for women by reducing stressful PMS symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, and irritability.

If you know it is going to be a stressful day, pack a tuna sandwich. Tuna is an excellent source of high quality protein and is rich in a variety of important nutrients including the beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids an increasing consumption of foods rich in omega- 3 which not only can help stress it provides some protection against depression.

Reducing stress can come from other great tasting sources such as berries, broccoli, whole grains, sweet potatoes, turkey and dark chocolate. There is never a need to eat foods like cookies and ice cream, potato chips and candy to cope with stress. From now on try reaching for tasty foods that actually help you conquer stress.