Yes, the stress you carry on your mind is totally connected to your daily food intake and eating habits.
You can fight your stress levels by changing eating habits.
Our eating habits actually help to calm down the stress in our mind. Indeed there are certain foods which can help to stabilize blood sugar and emotional well-being. Therefore, food plays a vital role in our day-to-day life, especially when it comes to stress and tension.
Go-Green: Green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli are rich in folate which releases dopamine (a feel-good hormone), helping you to stay calm. In a recent study, conducted in 2012 of middle-aged and elderly aged person shows that people consuming green leafy vegetables had a lower risk of depression.
Items rich in Tryptophan: Yes nuts are indeed a very rich source of tryptophan and amino acids. The amino acid found in nuts helps in the production of serotonin (the hormone that regulates hunger and happy hormone).Other than that it has a calming effect on our nervous system. Other sources include seeds, fish, oats, beans etc.
Oatmeal: When stress hits, nothing can come between you and doughnut especially when you’re a carbohydrate lover. Carbohydrate helps the brain in the formation of serotonin, the same substance regulated by anti-depressant.
Yogurt: Sounds weird, but the bacteria present in your gut might be contributing to fight against stress. A study conducted in 2013 by UCLA shows that women who consumed probiotics in yogurt reduce stress levels and areas that handle emotions.
Blueberries: The phytonutrients and antioxidants found in berries, help to improve your body response towards stress and fight against free radicals and stress-related disorders. In addition to this, blueberries help in aiding immunity.
Dark chocolate: Good news for all chocoholics: A limited intake of your favorite chocolate will help you to lower down your stress level. Chocolate works on your stress hormone called cortisol which helps in reducing its level. Chocolate helps in lowering the blood pressure and maintains blood circulation.
Avocado: This super fruit help to fight against stress and stuffs your belly making you feel more satisfied. This will warn you from eating unhealthy snacks. So, grab a slice of avocado to feel more refreshing.
Milk: Milk is a rich source of vitamin D, a nutrient which boosts happiness. Apart from this, it helps to prevent osteoporosis which is an age-related disorder mainly in females.
Cashews nuts: Excellent source of zinc and other essential minerals that helps to cope up with anxiety and stress. It influences your mood by acting on nerve chemical. So have a handful of nuts to maintain your anxiety level.