Instead of reaching for candy, try one of the top 16 foods for stress relief.
There's no cure-all food to erase frustration, but you can get some stress relief by including more of the below mentioned foods in your diet.
1. Avocado and Banana
Ok, they’re two in one, but they're loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low.
Calm frazzled nerves with a soothing cup of your favourite tea blend.
3. Swiss Chard
The magnesium in Swiss chard and other leafy veggies helps balance the body's stress hormone, cortisol.
4. Fatty Fish
The heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected.
5. Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Not only will you feel fuller from the fibre, but also the carbohydrates offer an energy boost and trigger the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin.
Munching on crunchy foods helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh veggies offer satisfying crispness that won't bog you down with too many calories.
Have a glass to get more B vitamins, protein, vitamin D and bone-building calcium to relieve tense muscles. Stick to the low-fat (1 percent) or skim varieties. Try drinking some milk around bedtime to bring on more restful sleep.
Next time you are feeling stressed, skip the ice cream and instead enjoy a colourful yogurt parfait.
Stress runs you down, which leaves you open to sickness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts can boost your immune system with vitamins and zinc.
Research indicates that dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones. Chocolate also contains sugar (a carbohydrate), so it releases mood-improving serotonin.
It's all right to indulge; just keep the portions in check.
This superfood helps regulate blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and counteract stress.
Berries are ripe with antioxidants without too much sugar, and they are good for your mental health. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are packed with vitamin C, which will help you fight stress.
Ok, we all know that a bad side effect of eating garlicky food is bad breath, but, besides protecting us against a whole host of diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure and hypertension, garlic serves as a tonic, that is, it works to actually reduce fatigue and other symptoms of stress in the body.
A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Not only does serotonin have antioxidant properties, it also creates a soothing feeling that helps overcome stress
Vitamin C helps to keep your immune system strong.
This shellfish may be famous for its aphrodisiac powers, but thanks to their high level of zinc – a mineral that has been shown to decrease the secretion of cortisol in your body – oysters can also help decrease your stress levels.