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Are there any good foods/food type to reduce stress?

November 16, 2012
There is easily a lot of information you can Google Search to find a plethora of different foods that are “stress reducers.” Sure, there is some overlap, but there is a lot that is not. What does this mean? Everyone and their mentor has put out a list of foods THEY believe reduce stress for a variety of reasons that inevitable end up being for the same reasons. For this reason, there is a basic answer to this that literally seems too good to be true:

Eat more plants and move.

This may sound like its straight from Confucius, but its really as simply as that. This includes beverages like tea (which are known to have relaxation properties), and plenty of fruits and vegetables:

- Oranges, Kiwi, Cantaloupe

- Blueberries, Apples

- Mango, Avocado

- Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, and other green vegetables

- Many others

These foods have antioxidants which help prevent the release of free radicals, which cause oxidative stress in the body. This weakens immunity resulting in sickness and infections, amongst other things. Also, the B vitamins these foods contain are known to be relaxants in the body.

Also, the healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) in foods such as…

- Nuts and Seeds

- Fish and Seafood (even sushi)

- Olive oil, Avocado

- Many others

… have been seen to possibly help in elevating one's mood.

Also, exercise promotes the circulation of endorphins which can increase mood and reduce anxiety. Furthermore, physical activity is seen to have only beneficial outcomes when it comes to promoting a positive self body image, increasing metabolism and burning fat, as well as elevating mood and outlook.

Simply put, a pesce-vegetarian diet followed by moderate physical activity (30 minutes per day) has been shown to have beneficial outcomes in elevating mood and reducing stress.

Hope this helps. Happy eating!

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