In a previous post we discussed 5 foods you should avoid when feeling stressed.
With this post we are going to focus on the foods that have been scientifically proven to help your body better deal with stress.
The next time you are feeling a little stressed reach for these foods and your cravings will start to disappear and your mood will start to improve.
If you’re tired of feeling crabby its time you grab yourself a cup of rooibos tea when you wake up in the morning.
Rooibos tea has a red hue and contains aspalathin, which is a very powerful flavanoid. According to research aspalathin is a fat fighting compound that can reduce the amount of stress hormones running free in your body.
It can also inhibit adipogenesis which causes new fat cells to form.
One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to crack open an egg or two.
As you very well know, eggs are high in vitamin D which is a key nutrient when it comes to improving ones mood.
All it takes is a 3 egg omelet and you will be well on your way to hitting your daily recommended intake of vitamin D.
While no one fully understands how vitamin D can help improve ones mood, there is one theory that stands out from all the others.
This theory states that vitamin D can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain which ultimately makes you feel good.
Eggs also contain slow digesting protein and fat which helps stabilize blood sugar levels after going through a stressful event.
To turn this into a mood boosting meal consider eating some whole grain toast with your eggs. This will help push even more tryptophan into your brain which will in turn increase the production of serotonin.
Sometimes stress is a result of a lack of certain nutrients.
According to research, when you have a folic acid deficiency the production of S-adenosylmethionine can come to a complete halt.
S-adenosylmethionine is a compound that naturally occurs in the body and it helps with the production of serotonin and dopamine.
Anytime you are under constant stress your brain will produce stress hormones such as cortisol in excess. Your brain will also produce fewer of the feel good hormones.
When you combine this with a lack of S-adenosylmethionine you have yourself a serious problem.
There is however good news. It is believed that all you need to do to get back on track is improve your folic acid status.
All it takes is three cups of spinach to reach half of the recommended daily intake of folic acid.
You can also improve your folic acid profile by eating broccoli, chickpeas, avocado, and beans.
Wild salmon is one of those foods that is good for almost everything. Consuming it on a regular basis is a quick and easy way to give yourself an instant mood boost.
Wild salmon is loaded with omega 3’s. Omega 3’s are fatty acids that make it easier for serotonin to multiply.
As you know by now, serotonin is the happy chemical. The more of it that passes through the cell membranes and multiplies, the happier you will feel.
Even better is the fact that omega 3’s can also decrease inflammation, which is often a side effect of ongoing stress.
Low Fat Yogurt
Sometimes a little yogurt is all you need!
So the next time you are so stressed out that you want to pull your hair out, grab a cup of low fat plain yogurt and just relax.
Yogurt is actually a staple on many breakfast menus every morning. It contains a hefty dose of the two amino acids, lysine and arginine.
According to research these two amino acids help decrease the level of stress hormone in your body. As a result your feelings of anxiety will start to melt away after eating a cup of low fat yogurt.
Please note you must consume low fat plain yogurt to get these results. Once you start adding in all the added sugars from flavored yogurt you will end up being more stressed.
So stick with the plain kind.
For additional stress fighting benefits opt for a container that has live active cultures. Anytime there are live active cultures in a container of yogurt that means it also contains probiotics.
Probitoics help with gut health. And when it comes to emotions such as depression, anxiety, and stress, studies have shown that proper gut health play a huge role in how those emotions show up.
UCLA researchers found that there is a link between consuming probiotic yogurt and the amount of stress hormone that gets released after you have gone through an emotionally trying time.
Other foods that can help fight stress include nuts, red peppers, strawberries, dark chocolate, and olive oil.