There are so many foods to reduce stress and support the body in times of stress. Today I’m sharing my 5 favourites. On a scale of one to ten, how stressed are you? We are so busy nowadays that everyone is stressed out and stress goes hand in hand with burnout, fatigue, and low energy.
The foods we eat have can have a dramatic effect on how we feel. For example, when you drink a cup of coffee you almost immediately feel the energy boost. Food reduces stress and promotes relaxation work the same way. When you are feeling anxious these foods can help relax your nervous system and calm your nerves. The next time you are experiencing a stressful week or month, try incorporating some of these foods into your daily diet to help fuel your body and promote relaxation.
Almonds promote relaxation because they are high in magnesium. Magnesium helps your nerves and muscles relax which relieves stress-related tension and promotes overall relaxation. It also relaxes your veins and arteries which improves blood and oxygen circulation.
Asparagus is a relaxing food because it is high in the nervous system supporting B vitamins like folate and vitamin B1. Folic acid helps your nerves function properly by synthesising message-carrying molecules called neurotransmitters. Vitamin B1 plays a key role in energy production and supports the integrity of brain cells.
Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of the mineral selenium. Selenium is an excellent mood elevator and it helps keep anxiety away. Selenium also supports the thyroid and is an antioxidant that helps combat oxidative stress.
Greek yogurt is one of the foods for relaxation because it is an excellent source of protein, specifically tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that helps you relax, feel happy and can also make you sleepy.
Oats are a complex carb that enhance the absorption of tryptophan. They are also high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicone and potassium which all promote relaxation.
Eat your way to high energy levels
This post with 5 foods to reduce stress is just a sneak peek at the information I share in my Eat Clean for Energy. I’m so excited to teach you how to boost your energy levels by eating healthy food. In my course Eat Clean for Energy I share lots of yummy recipes that are bursting with energy-boosting ingredients. I also explain how the macro and micronutrients in the food you eat directly correlate to the amount of energy that’s available to you. From healthy fats to adaptogens, essential vitamins and balancing blood sugar levels, I break it down and shows which foods zap energy and which foods make it soar.