Stressed? Here are seven types of foods that can help you feel better

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It affects everyone regardless of age, and gender. In some cases, you can work to solve the issues are that are causing you to be stressed.

In other instances, however, you may have to wait for the problems to be solved or just depend on divine intervention. In instances where you cannot o much about it, you can try to relive it and what better way to relieve it than to use food. Here are ten types of foods that can help you.

1. Avocados

Avocados and creamy fruits that are rich in glutathione which works to block intestinal absorption of some fats known to cause oxidative damage. They also have more folate as compared to other fruits, vitamin E, lutein, and beta –carotene.

A quarter serving of avocados may ensure that you get plenty of Vitamins B. You may want to check on your portion control when eating avocados because they also contain a lot of fat which may not be healthy for you in the long run.

2. Garlic
I have always known that garlic contains antibiotic properties and is quite a healthy ingredient to include in your meals. It turns out that this powerful ingredient found in our kitchens also includes powerful antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals which are particles that damage our cells, encourage aging and cause diseases.

Garlic also contains allicin which is said to prevent the common cold, cancer, heart disease. It is important to note that stress weakens our immune systems and the best way to use it is to sauté it in broth and not just oil.

3. Chocolate

This one had me smiling, aaaah who does not like the taste of dark chocolate on their tongue? According to a recent study by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine both women and men eat more chocolate whenever depressive symptoms increase.

Dark chocolate also lowers blood pressure which makes people feel calm. It contains flavonols and polyphenols which are two of the most important oxidants. A few squares a week will not affect your weight loss journey or mess with your new-found look after working to lose weight.

4. Green Tea

The recommended amount for green tea is two cups every day. Green tea is very powerful and does not contain caffeine, which is music to the ears of most people. According to research from the University of Illinois, Green tea also helps to prevent some types of cancer and boosts the brain as well, which helps to enhance mental performance.

5.Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is the best beverage to have especially at bedtime. A study by the University of Pennsylvania revealed that taking chamomile tea led to a significant drop in anxiety symptoms. The University of Maryland also discovered that it helped to calm nerves and promotes sleep.

Isn’t that just what you need when you have stressing issues nagging at the back of your mind? Chamomile tea is easy to prepare because you only need to pour a cup of boiled water over two to three heaped spoons of the dried flowers. Steep for ten minutes and take a cup every day.

6.Seeds

Just as with fish, nuts, yoghurt and leafy greens, seeds are a great source of magnesium. Such seeds include flaxseed, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

Magnesium is known to help in alleviating fatigue, depression, and irritability. Women who feel irritable during their monthly periods you can take such foods because they will help you fight PMS symptoms such as cramps and water retention.

7.Cashew Nuts

Low levels of zinc have been linked to depression and anxiety. Due to the fact that our bodies are unable to store zinc, you should try to get some each day. Cashew nuts are great sources of zinc but you may need to be careful about the portions because they have a good combination of fat and protein.

A one-ounce serving contains 11 percent of the RDA you needed. If you are tired of only having cashew nuts, you can look for other kinds of nuts because they will serve the same purpose.

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