In pictures: 10 foods that combat stress
April 7, 2013
Dark chocolate: The darker, the better. Try 70 to 80 per cent cacao. It has an abundance of magnesium and antioxidants and at the same time makes you feel good by boosting your serotonin levels. JB Reed/Bloomberg News
Almonds: Rich in essential fatty acids and magnesium, almonds are excellent support for your adrenal glands, which are key to your body’s stress response. They contain good mood-boosting properties, too.
Avocados: Packed with 14 different minerals that get depleted when you are stressed, avocados are a great way to put these minerals back.
Bananas:They’re full of potassium. Studies have shown that a deficiency in potassium increases your susceptibility to feeling stressed. iStockphoto
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and goji berries all have an abundance of antioxidants to combat the free radical damage to your body during moments of stress. They also have a lot of vitamin C to boost your immune system. is???
Green foods: Calming and soothing, green foods have a bounty of minerals and vitamins to support and nourish your body, helping to create peace from a cellular level by restoring lost minerals that get used up under stress. Choose kale, spinach, cucumber,???
Brown rice: It’s full of B vitamins, which are essential for your nervous system, hormonal balance and getting energy from your food. B vitamins enhance your mood and improve your body’s ability to deal with stress. iStockphoto.com
Coconut water: The most hydrating fluid you can drink, coconut water is rich with minerals that help to ground the body and keep our cells happy. Drinking coconut water is an efficient way to feed the body key minerals and hydrate at the same time.
Herbal teas: Green tea is wonderful for antioxidants. Fennel tea supports hormonal balance. Nettle tea is full of magnesium, which raises serotonin levels and neutralises the acid caused by stress. Valerian tea before bedtime will help you get a peaceful ???
Sunflower seeds: Full of B vitamins that get depleted when we are under stress, sunflower seeds soothe the nervous and digestive systems as well as help balance hormones. iStockphoto.com