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5 Healthy Foods to Beat Stress

5 Healthy Foods to Beat Stress

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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.

 

Cucumbers

cucumber benefits

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.

 

Avocado

avocado benefits

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

pistachios benefits

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.

 

Oranges

Oranges benefits

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

sweet potatoes benefits

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?

 

Image via Flickr by Pink Sherbet Photography

 

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    8 Comments

  1. Oh my, I love this. So in sum I have to take those cocumbers, nuts, avocados, oranges and sweet potates seriously. I think it makes sense and I can only say more fruits and veggies+lots of water. I add some exercise too for a more balanced equation. This may be walking, singing, jogging, going to the gym, biking and what else?
    Thanks for putting this together June
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    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga

    30/05/2015

    • HI Marie,

      Yes, eating those healthy foods will help keep your stress levels low.. Thanks for adding to the list. It’s so important to eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink lots of water and exercise as well. Also, singing is a great stress buster and all the other things you mentioned.

      I know you do a lot of cycling and walking. I would love to be able to ride a bicycle. But, maybe one day. 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend Marie.

      June June

      30/05/2015

  2. Hey June,

    Foods that beat stress! You’ve got my attention. I’m such a foodie, this is great news 🙂

    It’s crazy how stress can have such a detrimental impact on your health seeing as we can’t avoid it completely. But all the more reason to keep an eye on it and actively work to get it under control.

    So happy avocados are on the list. When I was a kid I refused to touch them cause they looked so weird, with that huge pit and all. But now I love them. And their high in monounsaturated fat, which is good for weight loss. Also, I think they’re a superfood.

    I heard that complex carbs like whole grain breads and pasta helps with stress. I believe it has something to do with releasing a feel good chemical.

    A few more good reasons to eat up! 🙂

    ~Lea
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    Lea Bullen

    06/06/2015

    • Hi Lea,

      Good to know you enjoy food. So do I. 🙂

      Yes, stress is a dangerous health hazard. If we don’t keep it under control, it will control us instead. I know so many people will stress-related health problems. And it’s not good.

      I was born in Jamaica and have always loved avocados. But out there we call them pears. They’re really large as well in the West Indies. I don’t know why because they taste the same.

      Thanks for adding to the list. I recently introduced whole grain pasta, spaghetti, bread and rice to my diet. They’re so much better tasting than the white versions and healthier.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a good week. 🙂

      June June

      09/06/2015

  3. Thanks for sharing this article with us .
    I am visiting this blog on a daily basis and i am finding extremely helpful articles each time.
    Keep working on this and thank you once again.

    Priya bajaj

    10/08/2015

    • Thanks for reading my blog posts and leaving a comment Priya. I appreciate it. I’m glad you find the articles useful.

      I haven’t updated my blog in a while, but I hope to get that sorted soon.

      Enjoy the rest of the week. 🙂

      June June

      12/08/2015

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for leaving a comment. 🙂

      June June

      07/09/2015

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