5 Science-Backed Superfoods to Alleviate Stress

In today’s busy world, we all have come to live with stress. Yes, it is okay to be stressed as it is undeniably a part of our life. Although everyone experiences stress, the levels are different. While small amounts of stress are acceptable, letting it pile up, only takes a toll on our physical and mental health. 

There are various ways through which we can de-stress and here are some of them:

#1. Spend time with your loved ones and connect with them. Share your feelings and listen to theirs too.

#2. Do something that excites you. Watch your favourite show or cook a great meal. Making time for what you love, will help you feel more relaxed.

#3.  Do yoga or meditate. They will help you keep calm and feel good. Make a point to do at least 3 times a week.

#4. Try and listen to soothing music or podcasts to lighten up your mood. 

However, in this article, let’s focus on food. Food is one of the major and most important factors that play a huge role in helping to de-stress. “Let food be thy medicine”.

When we eat a balanced diet which contains all the essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs, it can help tame stress. Some food contains vital nutrients that can help in hormonal balance and relieve stress-induced symptoms. 

Take a few minutes and learn about some of these foods that are scientifically proven to reduce stress:

1) Turmeric

Study shows that curcumin in turmeric can help relieve anxiety

This is probably because curcumin improves serotonin levels and dopamine levels – these are 2 hormones that are responsible for our mood and how we feel!

2) Matcha

Aren’t you told to avoid caffeine? Matcha does have caffeine but it also has something no other drink has – L-Theanine, which is an amino acid.

The combination ensures that caffeine is released slowly over a long duration of time. This way you feel no jitters. 

The slow release has a calming effect on the nervous system and improves energy and focus.

3) Ashwagandha

Studies show that ashwagandha root can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Your body produces cortisol, in response to stress. Ashwagandha is proven to reduce cortisol levels.

It is also classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help your body manage stress.

A cup of warm milk with ashwagandha before sleep helps you calm down and fall asleep a baby. A good night’s sleep assures reduction in stress levels and overall wellness.

4) Cacao (dark chocolate)

Studies show that chocolate has a rich amount of flavanol antioxidants which helps to improve your stress levels.

Cacao is the healthiest chocolate that you can find. Cacao retains all the good stuff unlike the chocolate you get on the market shelves: fibre to support digestion, magnesium to keep your nervous system healthy, and antioxidants to fight oxidative damage. All these are required for optimal functioning of your body and to maintain order.

It also releases serotonin and endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals.

5) Chia seeds

Do you take enough magnesium? Studies show that magnesium is a critical mineral for managing stress.

Magnesium increases GABA (an acid) which promotes relaxation. It is a natural muscle relaxer and also protects the nervous system from over excitation.

Chia seeds are loaded with magnesium. In fact they contain 11.5 times more magnesium than avocados!

If you’re wondering how to incorporate these superfoods into your daily routine, we’ve got you covered.

Here are easy recipes under 5 minutes for you to try out:

‘’Health is wealth’’, so please do take the time and effort to take care of yourself. Stress not handled can cause serious problems to your overall wellness. Science has proven ways to reduce stress and let us take baby steps to keep us calm and feel energized!

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