Stress triggers the production of adrenaline, which causes anxiety and heart palpitations. This can weaken the immune system and accelerate the aging process. With a little forethought and planning we can arm over selves with an array of foods that will relax us and decrease our stress.
The following foods can calm your nerves and help keep illness at bay.
Stress can lead to sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Reach for apples as they contain fiber, which tricks the brain into feeling full. Apples are not too rich and are easily digested. More importantly, they stabilize blood sugar levels, keeping energy up so you won’t feel the need to snack.
Stabilize Energy: Beans
Beans and lentils deliver a sustained level of sugar into the blood stream and help prevent stress reaction.
Feed Your Brain: Salmon
It is rich in omega –3 fatty acids, which are important in the day to day running of the brain. A regular intake will help to normalize brain function and reduce stress.
Calm Shakiness: Liquorice Root
It helps the body to adapt to stress and has a calming effect on the nerves. It supports the stress glands and also prevents stress induced fatigue.
Ease Tension: Seeds
Magnesium, founds in seeds, is known for its soothing effect on the nervous system. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and are great for combating lethargy.
Iron Things Out: Spinach/ Red Meat
If you are low in iron or you feel tired a lot of the time, you may benefit from red meat or spinach as both are rich in iron.