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7 Superfoods that Relieve Stress - Jerry Daskoski

  1. 1. 7 Superfoods that Relieve Stress Jerry Daskoski
  2. 2. Finding the Right Fuel To Reduce Stress Life will undoubtedly present you with unexpected and unavoidable sources of stress. Stress has serious consequences not just for you emotional comfort, but in terms of your mental and physical health as well. To mitigate the effect of stressful scenarios, there are certain healthy habits it is important to maintain. One of the most important things you can do is ensure that your diet is chock-full of foods that can help keep you feeling empowered and positive. These seven superfoods are just a few healthy (and tasty!) options for you to explore!
  3. 3. Blueberries Research indicates that blueberry eaters experience a boost in a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity, which is critical for countering stress. The antioxidants and phytonutrients found in berries are an incredible asset to your health and well-being.
  4. 4. Salmon The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones. The National Institutes of Health conducted a study that found participants who took omega-3 supplements had a 20% reduction in anxiety compared to a group given placebo pills.
  5. 5. Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate might have the power to regulate your stress levels. Research shows that it can reduce stress hormones like cortisol. The antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. Dark chocolate also has unique natural substances that create a sense of happiness. Choose chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa.
  6. 6. Cashews One ounce of the buttery nut packs 11% of the daily recommended value of zinc, an essential mineral that may help reduce anxiety. When researchers gave zinc supplements to people who were diagnosed with both anxiety symptoms (irritability, lack of ability to concentrate) and deficient zinc levels over a course of eight weeks, the patients saw a 31% decrease in anxiety
  7. 7. Avocado Avocado can help stop stress- eating by filling your belly and making you feel satisfied. A study in 2014 found that participants who added half an avocado to their lunches enjoyed a reduction in their desire to eat more by 40% for as many as three hours following the midday meal.
  8. 8. Yogurt In 2013, a research team at UCLA conducted a study among 36 healthy women that revealed consuming probiotics in yogurt reduced brain activity in areas that handle emotion, including stress, compared to people who consumed yogurt without probiotics or no yogurt at all. Yogurt is full of calcium and protein (in addition to probiotics), so you will usually do well to include more of it in your diet.
  9. 9. Pistachios The rhythmic movement of shelling these nuts will help you relax. Additionally, pistachios have heart-healthy benefits. Eating pistachios may reduce acute stress by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Pistachios contain key phytonutrients that offer antioxidant support for cardiovascular health.

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