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Foods that lower stress

Today we are going to show you which foods decrease stress and the reasons behind each food.

Far from being an article that functions as a doctor’s prescription. All we want to do is to ensure that you have the right information to improve your daily diet.

However, we always like to reinforce, it is up to a medical expert to deal with your case and this article has no intention of disproving or contradicting the doctor you trust.

Okay, let’s get started.

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Omega 3 

Omega-3 is a good fat that is rich in EPA and DHA, fatty acids that improve brain function and reduce anxiety. Some studies have found that consuming too little omega-3 could be related to some diseases, including depression and anxiety.

Therefore, it is important to consume omega-3 rich foods such as tuna, salmon, sardines, flaxseed, chia, nuts, and avocado. In some cases, it may also be necessary to consume omega-3 supplements, which should be indicated by a doctor or nutritionist.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C, abundantly found in citrus fruits as well as in strawberries and acerola, also has the ability to stimulate the body’s defenses and to regulate stress.

More curious are the properties of garlic, which besides containing a broad spectrum of vitamins (B and C) and amino acids, has the property of cleansing stress-generating body toxins.

Chocolate

Chocolate, declared enemy in hypocaloric diets, when consumed in its bitter form (with at least 70% cocoa), has antioxidant properties and the capacity to level blood pressure and improve blood circulation, thus becoming another ally in the fight against the most powerful and well-known evil of modern life: stress.

Black tea

Research from England indicates that drinking black tea can make recovery from irritating or distressing events faster.

Study participants who drank four cups of black tea a day for six weeks had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and said they felt more relaxed after stressful tasks than those who did not drink the tea. 

Other studies have praised black tea’s mood-enhancing effect and suggested that it may increase attention span during the day.

Apple and passion fruit

They help fight anxiety.

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Avocado

It is also a source of tryptophan, which participates in the production of serotonin, an ally of good mood.

Complex carbohydrates

All carbohydrates cause the brain to produce more serotonin. For a steady supply of the substance, it is best to eat complex carbohydrates, which take longer to digest.

They are found in whole-grain breads and breakfast cereals, such as oatmeal, chia, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, yams, amaranth flour, nuts, granola, coconut, tapioca, and cassava.  

Complex carbohydrates also help us feel more balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Simple carbohydrates, such as sweets and soft drinks, should be avoided.

They are digested quickly, causing an increase in serotonin that is a quick relief from stress. On the other hand, the effect does not last long and they can raise blood sugar. Therefore, consume them in moderation. 

Brazil nuts and almonds

Rich in magnesium and selenium, important minerals to combat stress. It goes very well with

  • Banana: rich in magnesium and vitamin B6, minerals that help in the production of neurotransmitters that decrease anxiety. It also contains tryptophan, which stimulates the production of serotonin.

Beans and lentils

They have magnesium and calcium, and are rich in tryptophan, which promotes the production of serotonin.

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Whey Protein

Although Whey Protein does not show direct responses to stress, its consumption is directly associated with increased energy to perform physical exercises. This does have an impact on well-being and on reducing stress and anxiety.

Therefore, consuming Whey is a way to increase your gas to keep on working out. This has a direct impact on the whole body.

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