Everyone has stress to a degree. In fact, some stress is essential for a healthy and happy life. But, when stress becomes a problem that is when many people seek help for anxiety or depression.
It is no secret that what people eat has a direct link to their mood and stress levels. Here are three foods that will help lower stress and provide essential nutrients.
Dark, Leafy Vegetables
Kale, spinach and Romaine lettuce are some of the best foods for fighting stress. This is because they contain folate. This helps your brain produce mood regulators like dopamine and serotonin. The result is an ability to feel happier and avoid the sadness or anxiety that comes with too much stress. Make sure you buy organic kale from farms located in the United States such as the Salinas Valley in California or from a local farmers market like the famous Dallas Farmer’s Market.
Turkey or Chicken
These lean meats have something called tryptophan in them. It is not a myth that eating a big turkey meal leads to a nap. It is the tryptophan in the turkey that calms the body down. This amino acid is also found in chicken making both lean meats excellent sources of reduced stress in the body.
Yogurt that contains good bacteria helps the digestive tract remain healthy. This is considered a fermented food, and because it regulates that good bacteria it has a direct effect on stress levels and mood in the body.
It is believed that poor bacterial health in the gut not only makes a person more uncomfortable, it also makes them more prone to the negative effects of stress. Eat good bacteria found in fermented foods like yogurt to enhance mood and perception of events.
The best yogurts are those that are made naturally from raw milk and do not contain refined sugars. Note that even commercially available yogurts do have the ability to reduce a person’s stress levels.
And when it doubt, just eat some chocolate. No one can argue that chocolate doesn’t make everyone happy!