Summer is winding down and most of us are gearing up for a busy season at work, starting the fall semester or getting the kids ready to head back to school. All of these things can cause serious stress that will slow down your productivity.
Reach for these items next time you’re feeling under pressure, under the weather, or just too close to that breaking point. Munching on these stress-free foods will help pull you back into the game.
- Turkey: Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel good brain chemical. This is the reason why many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.
- Oranges: A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well-known boosting your immune system.
- Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes can be particularly stress reducing because they can satisfy the urge you get for carbohydrates and sweets when you are under a great deal of stress. They are packed full of beta- carotene and other vitamins, and the fiber helps your body process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.
- Dried Apricots: Apricots rich in magnesium, are stress busters and natural muscle relaxants as well.
- Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts: Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, and walnuts and pistachios help lower bloodpressure.
- Spinach: A deficiency in magnesium can cause migraine headaches and a feeling of fatigue. One cup of spinach
- provides 40 percent of your daily needs for magnesium.
- Salmon: Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease. A study from Diabetes & Metabolism found that omega-3s keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking.
- Avocados: The monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocados help lower blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says that one of the best ways to lower blood pressure is to consume enough potassium (avocados have more than bananas).
- Green Vegetables: Broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress.