Because of our super busy lives, meeting deadlines at work, social life and trying to keep a balance between all these things, we all tend to get stressed. And we often turn towards our comfort food when we get stressed. But we suggest that for combating stress levels, what you eat can go a long way in releasing your stress. And the comfort foods we rely on during stress may provide comfort for a while but may not actually be good for you. So, we suggest that next time you get stressed;
You can include these foods in your diet to help you relieve stress:
1. Dark Chocolate
A study found that eating dark chocolate will help you to reduce stress. It can help elevate your mood. Cocoa contains flavonoids which have a number of health benefits; lowering stress being one of them. But eating in moderation is the key. Eat a small piece of dark chocolate every day. Go for as dark as you can.
2. Green leafy vegetables
We suggest that green leafy vegetables have an abundance of folate, which helps your body to produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Thus, eating green leafy vegetables can help you in lowering stress.
We suggest that blueberries contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that help you to improve your body’s response to stress and help with stress-related issues.
Eating pistachios will protect you against stress and the effects of stress. They contain good fats. Pistachios, and also other nuts, are good for de-stressing you.
Eating avocados help you make feel satiated. Avocados also help in lowering blood sugar levels. The combination of satiety and keeping blood sugar levels in regulation can help you to keep your mood steady and free of stress.
6. Complex carbohydrates
We suggest that carbs prompt the brain to make more serotonin. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical. Thus, because of this, eating complex carbs such as pasta, whole-grain bread etc. will help you to feel good and reduce stress.