Stress has an affect on our aging process and by extension our life expectancy. How we handle this stress is important when it concerns our well-being. Stress can come at you in many ways, but they generally emerge during daily interaction with friends, family and coworkers. Some de-stress foods can help us deal with anxiety and daily stress.
“There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.”
Kenneth H. Cooper.
One way we can de-stress is with the food we eat. Here are 5 de-stress foods that can lower your stress levels.
1. Remain positive with green tea.
All types of stress have an oxidative effect on the body. Stress is induced by alcohol abuse, over exercise, age and various diseases such as diabetes.Studies show that green tea can lower the effects of oxidative stress. Green tea contains antioxidants which can lower oxidative stress.Also, green tea which also contains theanine which helps relax the body and thus making you feel claim. It would take as much as 3 to 4 cups of green tea to do this. You will also notice an improvement in your focus, concentration and performance.
2. Find quiet spot to relax with a cup of hot cocoa.
Cocoa is a comfort food. Stress can affect the heart and as a result cause a number of health problems such as increase blood pressure and cholesterol. Cocoa powder is the richest source of flavonols. This compound has cardio-protective effects. Dark cocoa decreases the stress hormones by triggering the release of more antioxidants.
3. Grab a bar of dark chocolate (which contains at least 70% cocoa).
Dark chocolate, like cocoa, is rich in phytonutrients sych as polyhenols, sterols and flavonoids. studies show that dark chocolate is psychoactive and can improve mood with as much as 40 g of dark chocolate everyday during the stressful period. How does it work? Chocolate can cause the brain to produce natural opiates. It also is an excellent source of magnesium that can help reduce muscle tension. However, if you are one who is caffeine sensitive you can try the other options.
4. Keep your mind clear and focused when things are falling apart; include a side of salmon in your meal.
While under stress, your body becomes vulnerable to free radical damage. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids which can help with brain function.
5. Fuel you body with avocado.
The avocado fruit is rich in monounsaturated fat that is burned easily into energy and contains nutrients such as lutein, beta carotene, potassium, vitamin E, Vitamin B, and folate which can help block intestinal absorption of certain fats that can cause oxidative damage. A daily single serving (1/4 avocado) is all you need.
There are other things you can do to help you de-stress. They are: relaxation exercises (such as mediation, tai chi), physical exercise, aromatherapy, warm bath or shower, sleep, massage, music, laugh and you time.
Love your de-stress moments!