Food that helps fight stress.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., School., Tips.

We’re all under a lot of pressure lately. Whether it’s school, family or work, a boy, friends etc. these can really drag you down.

The bad news? Things might take a while to get better.

The good news? Your diet, can actually help lift off some of that pressure.

If lately you’ve been noticing that you have been gaining weight, I know I have, stress might be playing a key role in it. Hormones relocate to your stomach when you stress causing belly fat and for you to eat a lot.

Eating the right foods, however, can do wonders. Chinese nutrition views anxiety and stress as the result of kidney and liver imbalances, and there are plenty of foods that nourish these organs, reducing the crazies and enhancing the calm.

Foods to beat anxiety:

Help minimize some of the stress and anxiety in your life by incorporating more of these fruits, veggies and leafy greens into a whole, balanced diet:


Root veggies: yams, radishes, parsnips, beets, carrots and potatoes

Serving Tip: Bake yams, potatoes and beets; juice beets and carrots with greens below, and cook parsnips in a soup with lentils and leeks.


Dark, leafy greens: chard, kale, spinach, arugula and watercress

Serving Tip: You can add any of these greens in a salad or juice.

Sea vegetables: kelp, nori, wakame, hijiki, dulse and kombu

Serving Tip: Sprinkle some in your salad, or add to sushi with brown rice and avocado or to miso broth.

Protein: black beans, black sesame seeds, tofu, mung beans and millet

Serving Tip: Add black beans to chili; sesame seeds on salads or with steamed veggies; sprouted mung beans in curry or in salad; millet instead of rice and tofu with steamed veggies and quinoa.

Berries: blackberries

Serving Tip: Add in fruit salad, smoothie, or mixed with coconut kefir or almond yogurt.

Nutrients You Need

You also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of the following nutrients:

Folic acid

Found in: brown, red and wild rice, beans, oranges and dark greens

Vitamin B12

Found in: sea vegetables, nutritional yeast, miso, fortified and fermented foods. (People with vitamin B deficiencies are more likely to have severe depression.)

Magnesium

Found in: wheat and oat bran, brown rice, nuts and molasses. These magnesium-rich foods support brain function and are helpful for mood disorders, including PMS and bipolar disorder.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Found in: seaweed, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, borage oil and primrose oil. Omega-3 fatty acids help build healthy brain cell membranes and facilitate neuron-to-neuron communication.

Chromium

Found in: broccoli, grapes, oranges and whole grains. Chromium assists with symptoms of depression, particularly for people who also crave sugar. Chromium is a blood sugar stabilizer.

Zinc

Found in: beans, nuts and oatmeal. Zinc helps metabolize omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Low zinc levels are often found in those suffering from postpartum depression.

Hope these helped.

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