When stressed, it’s natural to seek comfort in food. More often, we consume the wrong food (comfort food), high in carbohydrates, fats, and sugar. Such foods might make you feel good for some time, but they can wreak havoc on your body in the long run, causing more stress. Whereas superfoods reduce stress and are healthy on many levels within our bodies.
Then why not swap that comfort food with superfoods?
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are rich nutrient foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They provide a high value of nutrients with few calories. Eating superfoods may reduce the risk of heart diseases, cancer, immune deficiency, and stroke.
Benefits of eating superfoods are:
- Superfoods help you stay healthy.
- They contain vitamins and nutrients that improve immunity.
- Eating superfoods has an anti-inflammatory affect.
- Superfoods contain antioxidants that prevent heart diseases and cancer.
- Superfoods reduce stress and anxiety.
- Well-balanced diet and superfoods can also help you reduce weight.
Superfoods and weight loss.
Superfoods are filled with nutrients with a very low level of cholesterol. They contain antioxidants and nutrients that provide health benefits. Here’s why you can lose weight by eating superfoods:
- They are rich nutrient foods with low fat and cholesterol.
- They boost metabolism. So, it helps you to feel full by eating healthy.
- They contain anti-oxidants that have anti-inflammatory effect.
- They contain protein that takes longer to digest which is what helps reduce hunger anxieties.
12 Superfoods for lower stress levels.
Superfoods are healthy and reduce stress and anxiety. Here are 12 superfoods that you can add to your diet when you’ve had enough.
Milk helps to reduce the chances of a panic attack and anxiety. And unlike sugary sodas or other beverages, fortified milk is rich in vitamin D, which positively helps depression, according to a report in the Journal of Effective Disorders.
With that said, lactium, a protein in milk, gives a calming effect to the body and is a front-line soldier against stress. Lactium mainly reduces blood pressure and cortisol levels. Also, milk helps the body to get restful sleep, which keeps stress under control.
Also, please note that milk is not a Paleo recommended food but it does have rest-inducing qualities for those of you who are not dairy intolerant.
Good news for caffeine-dependent people, as chamomile can help you reduce distress with health benefits like anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and anti-oxidant. Now you can replace your cups of coffee with chamomile tea; it is easily accessible and safe to use in high doses.
According to research, the anti-stress properties of chamomile are possible because of the flavonoid present in it. Therefore, people highly use this herb for its relaxing ability.
3. Leafy Green Vegetables.
It may feel tempting to go for Mac N Cheese instead of a leafy salad, but according to the studies, employees that consume green lunch perform well along with their positive and happier behavior.
The folate in green vegetables helps reduce stress, inducing dopamine that makes you happier and more content. Other than that, Vitamin C and magnesium are also excellent sources of anti-depressants.
We highly recommend green vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, that are rich in vitamin B6 that help lower levels of anxiety and depression in women.
Eating junk foods will end up with having gastrointestinal issues. These issues create more health and mental issues.
Other than that, your stress level signals bacteria in your gut that induces severe gastrointestinal problems. But, no worries, as yogurt can solve both of the issues. The probiotics in yogurt regulate your brain areas that control stress and are also a quick food to relieve stomach issues.
Yogurt contains calcium, vitamin, and a high level of protein that help in weight loss.
Who knew that the food we usually relate with food coma can help you have a sense of happiness and contentment. It is serotonin, a “feel-good hormone” in the turkey’s breast, as serotonin regulates hunger and makes you feel happy.
It also contains tryptophan that is responsible for the food coma, also relieves tension, and makes you feel calm.
This fermented vegetable dish is a prime source of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. It is also fermented with beneficial bacteria called probiotics. All of this together makes Kimchi a strong anti-depressant food, mainly because of the presence of probiotics that interacts with your brain and regulates your mood.
According to a study, adults who eat more fermented food show fewer symptoms of social anxiety than adults who don’t eat such foods.
You might have heard this thing that if you’re stressed, keep yourself busy. Ever wondered why?
Well, it is because you can distract your brain this way. So, whenever you have a lot of negative thoughts running in your mind and exhausting you, distract it with cracking pistachios. It is calming and a positive hobby.
Pistachios also contain Vitamin E and Vitamin B21 that boost your immunity. They lift your mood when you’re feeling low.
When stressed or working, you might feel the urge to munch on comfort snacks. But, they’re unhealthy and, if consumed too much, will make you feel dizzy and discomfort.
On the other hand, you can eat avocado as it is healthy, and half an avocado can give a full feeling. Avocado also is rich in vitamin B and heart-healthy fats that keep your cardio issues in check.
9. Dark Chocolate.
Chocolate is the first sweet thing that you can eat when you’re stressed. Better replace a simple chocolate bar with healthy dark chocolate. Regular consumption of dark chocolate (only a bite) can make you feel good. It has some unique substances that give you a sense of euphoria, a feeling of being in love.
Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium, a mineral that is an excellent anti-depressant. According to the research, eating dark chocolate reduces cortisol levels in your body, and cocoa helps relax your blood vessels and improve circulation.
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients. The neuroprotective effect of flavonoid anti-oxidants helps protect the brain from stress-related cellular damage.
According to the studies, blueberry eaters have low symptoms of stress with a lighter mood than those who don’t eat foods rich in flavonoids.
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds are significant sources of vitamin E. A deficiency of vitamin E is linked to mood disorders.
Moreover, pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium that helps regulate blood pressure and eases stress.
Seeds are a rich source of vitamins and minerals that help fight stress. A long list of these minerals includes:
- Vitamin B
A diet that contains fruits, vegetables, and legumes helps to relieve stress. Chickpeas are legumes rich in minerals and vitamins that fight anxiety and depression.
They also contain L-tryptophan that induces the release of serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical that helps improve your sleep as well. It also contains vitamin B it which reduces stress in females.
Stress and anxiety may cause serious health issues. Superfoods reduce stress levels, and they are healthy. For instance, binge eating comfort food is a severe disorder. In such cases, seeking a professional’s help is highly recommended.
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