Stress Reducing Foods

Stress Reducing Foods

Stress can be debilitating! It can interfere with your every day life, your health, your relationships and your business. Instead of giving into stress, consider adding these foods into your diet. Not only will it help to reduce your stress, but your entire body will be thankful. Try some of these natural and healthy alternatives to reduce stress in your life today!

Here’s the breakdown:

Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts – Almonds contain Vitamin B & E which help to boost your immune system. While pistachios and walnuts contain natural muscles relaxants; all which help to reduce your stress.

Avocado – This delicious fruit contain mono-unsaturated fats and potassium which help to lower your blood pressure.

Sweet Potatoes – During stressful situations your body will naturally crave carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes will satisfy these cravings and also contain beta-carotene and fiber to help process the carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.

Oranges – Are rich in Vitamin C which not only help to boost your immune system, also help to reduce your stress helping your blood pressure and cortisol levels get back to normal. One of the first things to increase during stressful situations is your blood pressure, so oranges are a wonderful natural alternative.

Dried Apricots – Not only is this a healthy and nutritious treat, it is a wonderful stress buster.

Salmon – This delicious fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that help protect against heart disease. It also helps to keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from increasing.

Turkey – Want to feel good and relaxed? Consider eating turkey which contains the amino acid L-tryptophan. This amino acid helps to release serotonin which is the feel good brain chemical that induces a calming effect.

Spinach – A deficiency in magnesium may cause migraine headaches as well as fatigue. Simply 1 cup of spinach provides  40% of your daily requirements of magnesium.

Dark Green Veggies – Vegetables such as kale, broccoli and dark green veggies are loaded with vitamins which will naturally help to reduce stress.

About Dr. Daisy Sutherland (816 Posts)

Dr. Daisy Sutherland is a doctor, author, speaker, healthy living brand ambassador, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Daisy's mission is to ~ Help Busy Moms and Families achieve Happier and Healthier Lifestyles.

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  1. 1

    Very useful information on foods that will cause a reduction in stress. For many over-weight people the consumption of food itself is comforting. The trick for them is to find some treatment which will decrease the urge to eat while also fulfilling the comfort factor!

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      Dr. Daisy Sutherland says:

      Yes, Roy..many will turn to food when stressful moments arise…which is why I chose to share foods that can actually help reduce stress:)

  2. 2

    Great post Daisy. Most of these foods appeal to me so thanks for the heads up:-) I am sure that most of us can do with more ways to reduce stress.

  3. 3
    Kathy says:

    Nuts are a great source of valuable nutrients….you missed of Brazil Nuts…..they contain Serotonin (or something that helps the production of), which is the ‘feel good’ drug for the brain.
    Almonds as you have in your article are also one of the health superfood ‘big hitters’.

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