10 BEST FOODS TO EAT TO FIGHT STRESS.
There are many ways to combat stress, but one of the best ways is to consume stress-fighting foods. Most of us live in a hectic, crazy, busy world where stress is almost inevitable. While a little stress can be good for you, when you are constantly feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and anxious, it can cause huge damage to your health, your productivity, your mood, and even your relationship. Too much or prolonged stress can even lead to short term and long-term physical problems, such as high blood pressure, impaired memory, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease and a weak immune system.
Eating stress-fighting foods, exercising on a regular basis and finding time to relax can help you reduce your stress levels and improve your mood. The following are the best foods that can help us fight stress and live a more peaceful life.
- BROWN RICE:
It is an excellent source of B-vitamins, which are essential for the proper function of all tissues, cells and organs. B-vitamins promote heart, immune, brain health as well as healthy mood. Eating brown rice can help you combat stress and prevent different types of mood disorders.
Spinach is packed with Vitamins A, C and B. and is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which help decrease stress hormone in your body and stabilizes your mood.
It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that increases happy brain chemicals such as serotonin and help regulate stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
- GREEN TEA:
Green tea is loaded with potent antioxidants like polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids and boasts numerous powerful health benefits. Drinking green tea has a calming effect on the mind and body thus reduces stress.
One of the best foods to eat to fight stress is avocado. It is rich in protein, essential minerals, and vitamins E and C. It also contains potassium, fibre and healthy fat. It helps keep the nerve cells and the brain cells healthy and reduces stress as well.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidant, vitamin E and C. Also rich in magnesium, manganese which helps fight insomnia, depression and other mood disorders.
Oranges are packed with vitamin C, A and B. They help fight the free radicals related to stress and heart diseases.
- DARK CHOCOLATE:
Consuming an ounce and a half of dark chocolate each day can lower the level of stress hormones in highly stressed people. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium, an important mineral that helps combat fatigue, stress, irritability and even depression.
It contains vitamin E, B2, zinc, magnesium and healthy oils. It is also an excellent source of fibre.
Milk has been proven to reduce stress. Milk is rich in calcium, vitamin A, D, protein, antioxidants which help to combat the free radicals that get released when you feel stressed out. A glass of warm skim milk can help you calm down in no time. If you don’t drink milk, consider consuming yogurt or almond milk.
Alternatively, we at GRACE and MERCY pharmacy have stocked various medications which are used to combat stress and buffer immune system.
PHARM. IHEOMA EJIOFOR