FOODS THAT HELP RE­DUCE STRESS

There is no magic to main­tain­ing a healthy diet, it just takes self-con­trol and com­mit­ment. A healthy diet could be the se­cret to long life and well­be­ing.

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Vi­ta­min B is a nat­u­ral stress re­liever, it can also al­le­vi­ate anx­i­ety as well.

Al­monds are a very good source of vi­ta­min E, man­ganese, bi­otin, cop­per, mag­ne­sium, molyb­de­num, ri­boflavin (vi­ta­min B2), and phos­pho­rus. For­tu­nately, al­though one-quar­ter cup of al­monds con­tains about 11 grams of fat, a siz­able por­tion (7 grams) is heart-healthy mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat.

Av­o­ca­dos can play a role in healthy liv­ing and nu­tri­ent­dense life­styles, in­clud­ing act­ing as a “nu­tri­ent booster” by help­ing the body to bet­ter ab­sorb fat-sol­u­ble nu­tri­ents from foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avo­va­dos contain 50 Calo­ries from Fat.

Bananas help over­come de­pres­sion due to high lev­els of tryp­to­phan, which is con­verted into sero­tonin -- the hap­py­mood brain neu­ro­trans­mit­ter. Eat two bananas be­fore a stren­u­ous work­out to pack an en­ergy punch and sus­tain your blood sugar. Pro­tect against mus­cle cramps dur­ing work­outs and night time leg cramps by eat­ing a ba­nana. Coun­ter­act cal­cium loss dur­ing uri­na­tion and build strong bones by sup­ple­ment­ing with a ba­nana. Im­prove your mood and re­duce PMS symp­toms by eat­ing a ba­nana, which reg­u­lates blood sugar and pro­duces stress­re­liev­ing re­lax­ation. Bananas re­duce swelling, pro­tect against type II di­a­betes, aid weight loss, strengthen the ner­vous sys­tem, and help with the pro­duc­tion of white blood cells, all due to high lev­els of vi­ta­min B-6. Strengthen your blood and re­lieve ane­mia with the added iron from bananas. High in potas­sium and low in salt, bananas are of­fi­cially rec­og­nized by the FDA as be­ing able to lower blood pres­sure and pro­tect against heart attack and stroke.

Blue­ber­ries

An­tiox­i­dants in the blue­ber­ries can im­prove your body’s re­sponse to men­tal pres­sures. Blue­ber­ries can im­prove night­time vi­sion, pro­mote quicker ad­just­ment to dark­ness and pro­mote faster restora­tion of vis­ual clar­ity af­ter ex­po­sure to glare. Ac­cord­ing to the USDA Hu­man Nu­tri­tion Re­search Cen­ter on ag­ing, lab­o­ra­tory stud­ies show a diet in­clud­ing blue­ber­ries may im­prove mo­tor skills and re­verse the short-term mem­ory loss that comes with ag­ing or age-re­lated dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s. Re­searchers have also iden­ti­fied a com­pound in blue­ber­ries that helps to re­duce the risk of in­fec­tion.

Leafy Greens

They’re full of fo­late, which pro­duces dopamine, a chem­i­cal that calms the brain. Leafy veg­eta­bles are typ­i­cally low in calo­ries and fat, and high in pro­tein per calo­rie, di­etary fiber, vi­ta­min C, provi­ta­min A, carotenoids, fo­late, man­ganese and vi­ta­min K. The vi­ta­min K con­tent of leafy veg­eta­bles is par­tic­u­larly high, since th­ese are pho­to­syn­thetic tis­sues and phyl­lo­qui­none is in­volved in pho­to­syn­the­sis. Ac­cord­ingly, users of vi­ta­min K, an­tag­o­nist med­i­ca­tions, such as war­farin, must take spe­cial care to limit con­sump­tion of leafy veg­eta­bles, such as saag. Leafy veg­eta­bles are brim­ming with fiber along with vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and plant-based sub­stances that may help pro­tect you from heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, and per­haps cancer. Even so, Amer­i­cans are not eat­ing as many veg­eta­bles in each day as di­etary ex­perts rec­om­mend. DT

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