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Eat Right Food to Relieve Stress from Your Life

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Eat right food to relieve stress and tension from your life

Stress is our new friend in life. It is always there; it is inevitable. Life debarred of tension and stress is a dream. Anxiety has consumed us. It is everywhere; at work, at home, at school, and so on. Anxious about the future; about the career choices, about our relationships. Worries about the financial stability, and about life. If nothing then adulting in today's world has given all an anxiety issue. The mundane world has a lot to give and take. It gives you comfort and takes away peace. It gives you happiness and takes away the true spirit of life.

But the way to deal with the stress is different for everyone. Food is one of the most tempting solutions to a stressed-out life. It is a common scene in romantic movies, a girl, heartbroken and emotional, sits with a bucket of ice cream and devours it to the heart's content. Anxiety is a new sensation globally, affecting everyone in one way or the other.  Doctors often recommend a healthy diet or a chilled out vacation to their patients dealing with anxiety and stress.

A nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle can help with most of your psychological health issues. Stress is our nemesis; from hair fall to untimely menstrual flow, most of it can be traced back to anxiety and stress. Stress can be the reason behind your weight gain and sleep loss as well. Combating stress is crucial for a healthy and peaceful life.

Say yes to some foods:

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. This selenium can improve your mood. Selenium reduces inflammation, which is at high levels when there is a mood disorder or anxiety and stress. An added benefit of having brazil nuts is that selenium is a natural antioxidant; this helps to prevent cell damage. Selenium is also anti-carcinogenic; it prevents the development of cancer. The upper limit of selenium consumption for adults is 400 micrograms per day. Brazil nuts are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant; it helps to treat anxiety and stress. Some researches have shown that a low level of Vitamin E leads to depression.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, Sardine, trout, and herring are rich in omega-3. Omega-3 is good for cognitive skills and mental health. But consuming another fatty acid, by the name, omega-6 is harmful. Too much of omega-6 may lead to anxiety disorder. Studies have shown that eating salmon thrice a week can reduce anxiety. Salmon and sardines are also rich in Vitamin D.

Vitamin D

The body needs vitamin D; as much as it can get. Researchers associate the deficiency of vitamin D with depression and anxiety. According to a report in the Journal of Affective Disorders, vitamin D helps depression. Vitamin D also helps with the seasonal disaffected disorder during the winter season.

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of energy. Doctors never fail to recommend it for good health; it is a rich source of protein. The egg yolk is yet another source of vitamin D. Eggs contain amino acids that the body needs for growth and development. Eggs contain tryptophan; this helps to create serotonin. Serotonin helps to govern mood, sleep, memory, and behavior.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of potassium. It helps to maintain the blood pressure level and the electrolyte balance. Another source of potassium is bananas. A good level of potassium level in the body reduces stress and anxiety.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is much more than a guilty pleasure. Models swear by the health benefits of a moderate amount of dark chocolate, as a part of their daily diet. Chocolate relieves stress and anxiety. A recent study has shown that 40 g of dark chocolate has helped to reduce the stress level in females. It is not a myth that chocolate improves your mood. Chocolate contains high tryptophan; the body uses it like a mood-enhancer. The health benefits of dark chocolate are never-ending. It is an excellent source of magnesium. Enough magnesium content in the body reduces the symptoms of depression. One cube of dark chocolate every day is enough for the body.

Turmeric

It is used in India in almost everything. It is a common ingredient in cooking, in India and South-East Asian countries. The crucial ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. This curcumin helps in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. A recent study concluded that curcumin reduces anxiety in obese adults.

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About the Author

Arantxa Mateo

Arantxa is a trained biologist, nutrition specialist and weight management coach. Born in Spain, she spent 5 years in Australia before moving to the US. Her motto is "Food is a pleasure. Nobody deserves to be on a diet."

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