5 Superfoods That Reduce Stress

Stress is anything that is too much for you to take, it could be a tight schedule at work, a rough day with the family, losing sleep, or worrying about exams in school. When we are stressed our blood pressure tends to go up, digestive system slows down, immune system declines, and heart rate accelerates. Stress is a common word we hear from various people, in fact, it is projected that approximately 85% of the reported medical conditions are associated to stress.

Fortunately, there are various ways to deal with stress ranging from stress relief programs, healthy lifestyles, and proper nutrition. When you are stressed, your metabolism heightens, thus increasing your body’s use of carbohydrates, fats, protein, and other nutrients in the body.  Prolonged stress along with poor diet will cause chronic diseases such as heart diseases, immune system disorders, certain cancers, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Therefore, the right kind of food will not only help to boost your energy, but also combat the damaging effects of stress in your body.

Here are some of the superfoods that beat up stress in your daily life.

1. Blueberries

These tiny fruits may look small but they have tons of surprising benefits. Blueberries contain a group of flavonoids called the anthocyanins, an antioxidant that helps clear out the free radicals in the body and prevents cancer, heart diseases, stroke, and memory loss. It is also a good source of vitamins A, E and C that helps repair and protect cells, making them a great stress reliever. Blueberries are also abundant in B-Complex vitamins that help in metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

2. Bananas

Aside from its favorable taste and affordable price, bananas are also jam-packed with vitamins and minerals that are needed for our body. It is considered as the best source of potassium, an essential mineral to control the muscles and nerves. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it is estimated that 95% of potassium is stored in your cells and is vital in nerve transmission. High stress levels reduce the potassium levels in the body, and so, an adequate amount of banana will fill the losses. Because bananas in nature are low in sodium, a regular consumption will help lower your blood pressure.

3. Spinach and Broccoli

These dark green vegetables both contain a powerful mineral that has a calming effect on the nervous system, commonly known as magnesium. It helps reduce nerve overreaction symptoms such as muscle tension, stress, headaches or migraines, irritability, muscle spasms, and cramps. When your body is stressed, the levels of magnesium decreases which will lead to a deficiency. According to Bella Altura, a physiologist at the State University of New York, that people who are deficient in magnesium have a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke.

4. Turkey

Have you ever wondered how a popular course for thanksgiving helps you out with stress? The answer is quite simple. Turkey contains an amino acid tryptophan, which soothes your mind and makes you feel warm and fuzzy. This amino acid cannot be produced by the human body and are usually acquired through foods and other nutritional supplements. Aside from the fact that turkey is rich in protein, it also contains selenium that aids for a healthy thyroid and immune system.

5. Nuts

Nuts are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids that brings cholesterol-lowering and disease-prevention properties. These fatty acids help improve the lining of your arteries while preventing from a fatal heart attack. According to an author of Pennsylvania State University, Sheila G. West, PhD, people who show intensifying reactions to stress have a higher chance of heart disease.



Jenny Travens is a chief editor and a wellness coach and fitness blogger for http://www.superfoodliving.com. She loves to share her knowledge about the different ways of staying fit and healthy and helps people to conquer over health related issues and maintain their fitness regime.

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lalion, posted on December 31, 2012

Thank you Jenny for shedding light on the fact that "superfoods" can be and ARE good old fruits, veggies, nuts and (hopefully organic and free range) turkey! Purchasing or growing incredibly nutritious foods to consume on a daily basis can be just as nourishing as buying highly marketed berries and power foods from around the globe. I appreciate the reminder.

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