5 Healthy Foods to Beat Stress
Life with all its challenges brings stress. But, one of the biggest causes is living with an abusive partner. The atmosphere in your home is probably so tense, you could cut it with a knife. Or maybe you have to be extra careful what you say or do. So, you end up creeping around, afraid of upsetting them. Living in that type of controlled environment will breed anxiety and worry. You’re not free to be yourself.
When I was married, I had to make sure my face didn’t show any anxiety. If it did, he would tell me to fix my face.
The expression on my face when I’m upset is like watching a movie. It shows anger, pain, frustration, sadness or any other emotion I might be feeling. I remember being told to “cheer up love. It might never happen” by strangers as I walked down our street. For many years, stress and I were like twins. Wherever I went, stress followed.
Living with stress is dangerous. It’s like a deadly time bomb that can explode and destroy your health. Stress produces high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, stroke, chronic headaches and a lot of other health problems.
Fresh fruits and vegetables (part of the healthy food group) are packed with vitamins and minerals. Include them in your daily diet to help fight anxiety. Eat your way out of stress.
Anxiety affects the adrenals in your body, and stops it from functioning properly. That’s where cucumbers come in. They’re full of B-vitamins. And B-vitamins supports the adrenals and cut the impact of stress. Cucumbers are great stress busters. Eating one each day will help keep you calm and relaxed. So, the next time you feel yourself getting worked up, munch away at a cucumber.
Avocados have lots of health benefits. Apart from reducing stress, they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. On top of that, they help you concentrate better and improve your mood. Enjoy them sliced with your salad or mashed into guacamole, a Mexican cuisine avocado based dip.
Nuts are full of B-vitamins and healthy fatty acids. They’re also part of the healthy foods. Like I mentioned earlier, high blood pressure is linked to stress. Eating walnuts and almonds will help to reduce it. And pistachios are good for lowering your stress levels. I love nuts. Sometimes I get carried away and find it hard to limit the amount I eat. But, don’t over eat them as they’re high in calories.
Juicy oranges are loaded with Vitamin C. Try squeezing some oranges for fresh juice with your breakfast in the mornings or eating a whole one during the day. Vitamin C helps lower high blood pressure and stress hormones. The other benefit is that it helps boost your immune system.
Sweet potatoes are delicious baked, mashed or boiled. They have more potassium than bananas and are rich in Vitamin B6 and magnesium. Although they taste sweet and are high in carbs, you don’t have to worry about them affecting your blood sugar levels. Whereas, white potatoes will. They also provide calcium. Sweet potatoes are also known as stress-reducing comfort food.
So, there you have it. Including these healthy foods as part of your daily diet will help keep your stress levels down. And improve your overall well-being. These are foods I eat regularly and they work to keep my stress levels low. However, if you have high stress levels, you should seek medical attention. Changing your diet alone might not be enough to lower it.
It’s your turn…
Can you add any more stress-busting healthy foods to this list? What worked for you to help reduce your stress?
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