Reduce Stress with these 5 Foods

Just thinking about all the chores that are building up, the errands you have to run, the looming work deadlines and the social demands on your overbooked calendar can run you ragged. Talk about stress!

If left unchecked, stress can lead to many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Not to mention stress can also take a toll on your thoughts and behavior.

When life gets hectic and we’re feeling stressed, we tend to put healthy eating on the back burner. But heading to the vending machine or grabbing a meal at the drive-thru won’t alleviate the stress in your day.

When it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. Certain foods can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and your emotional response to stress.

Here are 5 foods you can eat to reduce stress.

1. Oatmeal

When we’re stressed our blood pressure can become elevated. A study* published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet which includes whole grains such as oats can lower blood pressure. Oatmeal in a jar is a great way to keep a healthy meal or snack available at any time.

2. Blueberries

Researchers have found eating blueberries can increase the count of a specific white blood cell that boosts immunity. Having a healthy immune system can help counter stress. Try adding blueberries to your oatmeal or yogurt in the morning.

3. Flax Seeds

This superfood is an excellent source of magnesium which may help regulate emotions, alleviate depression, combat fatigue and minimize irritability. Magnesium can also help fight PMS! Try adding a teaspoon of flax seeds to your next smoothie.

4. Dark Chocolate

Studies have shown that eating chocolate regularly can reduce your stress hormones such as cortisol. That’s great news for all you chocoholics! Stick with the kind that contains at least 70% cocoa and keep it to just a bite or two and not the whole bar.

5. Cashews

These kidney-shaped nuts are a good source of zinc which is a critical mineral that can help reduce anxiety symptoms such as irritability and lack of focus. Their portable nature makes them an ideal snack to keep in your purse for when you’re on the go.

Adding these 5 foods into your diet can help you relieve stress and help with your health and well-being. Which one will you try?

What food do you turn to in times of stress? Share it with us in the comments.

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