Foods that help with stress

Thanks so recent research we now know that our gut health is as important, if not more important, than brain health. Our gut health is vital to mental health as well, and stress can cause havoc on our digestive systems.

Align and our friends in health at Best Life, did some research on foods that can help with stress and we found this useful information.

Avocado and Banana; what do these fruits have in common? They're loaded with potassium, a vital mineral for keeping blood pressure low.

Tea; you can calm frazzled nerves with a soothing cup of your favourite tea blend. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that also fight free radicals in the body. Enjoy Camomile just before bed, drink peppermint in the mornings; it’s invigorating and great for the digestive system.

Swiss Chard; the magnesium in Swiss chard and other leafy veggies helps balance the body's stress hormone, cortisol.

Fatty Fish; the heart-healthy omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels to help keep you calm, cool and collected.

Whole-Wheat snacks; when the urge for mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks strike, choose whole-grain snacks. Not only will you feel fuller from the fibre, but also the carbohydrates offer an energy boost and trigger the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin.

Carrots; munching on crunchy foods help to beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh veggies offer satisfying crispness that won't bog you down with too many calories.

Nuts; stress runs you down, which leaves you vulnerable to illness. Almonds, pistachios and walnuts can boost your immune system with vitamins and zinc and magnesium.

Raw Cacao (raw chocolate); research indicates that dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones through mood-improving serotonin.

Here’s to eating yourself healthy!

Eamon Wilson