Stress – Eat to beat it!


Stress – it’s a big deal and is affecting more of us every year!  According to the Stress Management Society, it has become the single biggest cause of workplace sickness in Britain and aches and pains are common symptoms of stress!

When it comes to combating stress levels, many of us need more than a few deep breaths  to stop us feeling those triggers.

It could be that what you eat might actually have an effect on how stressed you feel!

Listed below are some foods and drinks to help calm you down.

Oily Fish  – Studies have shown that fish oil from oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines can help reduce symptoms of depression and stress.

Blueberries – These little nuggets of goodness contain antioxidants and Vitamin C, which is important to help protect and repair cells during times of stress.

Avocado –  Studies have suggested that feelings of anxiety and stress may be influenced by low levels of Vitamin B.  Not only are avocados rich in monounsaturated fat but they are a fabulous source of the B Vitamins as well.

Camomile Tea – Try swapping alcohol or fizzy drinks in the evening for a cup of this calming brew before bed time and it may help calm your nerves and promote a restful night’s sleep.

Spinach – Not only is spinach packed full with Magnesium which helps to regulate cortisol (commonly called the “stress” hormone) levels but is also an excellent source of fibre and fibrous food can minimise hunger – which in itself can be a trigger.

Milk – Not only a great source of protein but Lactium which is found in milk has been shown to improve sleep, reduce stress levels while inducing relaxation and improving mental function.

Chicken – Chicken is a fantastic source of an essential amino acid called Tryptophan – it helps the body make a chemical called Seratonin.  Sometimes called the “happy” hormone, it helps to control your mood and your sleep.

Asparagus – Try eating a few stems of asparagus as it contains Folic Acid which when levels are low has been linked to anxiety and depression.

So start to eat to beat stress and welcome to a healthier, happier lifestyle!

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Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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