It's been weeks now since I've been suffering from stress. This thing is not new to me as I used to get it when I was still working in the Philippines. In fact, I used to suffer then from extreme migraine attacks. A lot of factors caused stress : pressures at work, emotional problems, family budget, health problems, work related problems, never ending demands from your family, and so on and so forth.... things are endless, but as the saying goes, "We cannot avoid stress but we can manage it".
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As I browse and read online magazines, I was delighted and thrilled to see that there are actually foods that help reduce stress. These are readily available and not so difficult to find. This is a good news if you are a busy "workaholic" and exercising is not a common thing for you. At least having some of these foods always available at home will be such a great help. I myself will begin to be mindful of the foods that I have to buy and stock at home in times of stress.
The following are extracted from Female Network's article by Ms. Stephanie Castillo
15 Healthy Foods that Reduce Stress
1.) Apple - Apples are rich in phosphorous and iron, which help boost cell regeneration that is negatively affected in times of stress.
2.) Avocados - Avocados are rich in mono saturated fats, as well as potassium, which both help decrease blood pressure levels.
3.) Bananas - Bananas are good source of potassium, which fights fatigue, insomnia, and low blood sugar, as well as carbohydrates which produce the natural sedative serotonin.
4.) Dark Chocolate - Dark Chocolate lessens emotional stress. It contains magnesium which helps tranquilize tension.
5.) Dried Apricots - Dried Apricots contain magnesium, which is a natural stress releiver and muscle relaxant.
6.) Green vegetables like brocolli, kale and swiss chard contain potassium and B vitamins like folic acid which soothe the nerves and alleviate stress.
7.) Herbs - Herbs like chamomile, passion flower and dandelion are effective stress relievers because they relax your mind and the muscles in your body.
8.) Nuts - Nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and almonds help bring down blood pressure and boost immune system.
9.) Oranges - Oranges are rich in Vitamin C which boost your immune system and reduces it's susceptibility to virus. Vitamin C reduces anxiety by bringing down blood pressure after a stressful situation.
10.) Salmon - Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna and other fish prevent stress hormones from escalating.
11.) Spinach - It is rich in magnesium and heps fight fatigue and migraines.
12.) Sweet Potatoes - Packed with fiber, beta carotene, and other immunity boosting vitamins.
13.) Turkey - Turkey is full of tryptophan which helps trigger serotonin, a chemical that produces a calming effect on the body that induces sleep and relaxation.
14.) Whole Grains - Whole grains like brown rice, oats and whole wheat are chock full of B vitamins and the chemical serotonin which calm the nerves and put your body in state of relaxation.
15.) Yogurt - is full of calcium which helps regulate our nerves. It is also a great acid neutralizer for those of you who are hyper acidic or have ulcers due to stress.
Having known all these, managing stress would perhaps be a lot easier. It only takes a bit of knowledge, discipline and determination. But most importantly... the love, prayers and caring that we get from our family and loved ones will get us go through the difficult times with ease.
Have a stress and worry free day!!