These 10 Superfoods Will Help Reduce Your Stress Levels

edbThere is just no doubting that higher levels of stress can definitely affect your appetite.

For some, stress reduces appetite and for others stress causes ravaging hunger. Either way, you need healthy, organic food that soothes stress so that your body can cope. This is the very best form of medication.

Of course, many us of have a tendency to eat inflammatory junk food when stressed. Eating food laced with chemicals, sugar, hydrogenated oils and empty calories fuels the fire of chronic stress and only makes you feel worse in the end.

It’s perplexing that even though we know this, some of us still eat far too many junky “comfort” food that in turn send us further down the road to misery and an early grave. What is the purpose of this self-sabotage?.

If it’s time for you to end this destructive practice and say hello to the new comfort foods.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains magnesium, which helps ease emotional tension. Dark chocolate also contains theo bromine, which is a natural mood elevator. Find a good source of organic, raw chocolate for even better results. Don’t overdo it!

  1. Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E. Both of these nutrients boost the immune system during episodes of stress. Just a few almonds a day does the job.

  1. Spinach

Spinach is high in magnesium, the mineral that helps regulate cortisol levels and promote emotional well-being. A cup of spinach per day provides 40 percent of your daily need.

  1. Turkey

The high levels of tryptophan in turkey signal the brain to release serotonin, which promotes calmness, peace of mind and even sleepiness when you need it.

  1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal also promotes serotonin in the brain. Use old fashioned, courser oats as they take longer to break down, which is easier on your pancreas.

  1. Sweet Potatoes

Sweep potatoes are full of fiber, beta-carotene, and other immunity-boosting anti-oxidants that fight inflammation and give you a smooth, peaceful feeling.

  1. Yogurt

Yogurt is a wonderful, calcium-rich, probiotic and acid neutralizer. Go with organic yogurt rather than the stuff made with contaminated, commercial dairy products!

  1. Asparagus

Stress and depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid, which can be found in abundance in asparagus. A single cup provides two-thirds of your daily value.

  1. Avocado

Full of B vitamins, avocados are a great stress buster. They’re also high in potassium and monounsaturated fat, which lower blood pressure.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are the low sugar super fruit packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, making them great stress-busters. The body needs vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells.

Imagine spending the next three weeks incorporating these super nutritious, calming super foods into your diet and eliminating inflammatory foods that promote stress. You’ll feel the difference!

Can you do it?

If you doubt your ability or desire to maintain the healthy nutrition plan that you deserve, you may be susceptible to self-sabotage, which happens when you knowingly or unknowingly act against your best interest.

In episodes of self-sabotage, many people return to an old, familiar place of helplessness, discouragement, rejection, stress or self-deprivation. Sometimes these old feelings are so familiar that we cling to them, rather than venture into unknown, albeit healthier and happier, territory.

When self-sabotage is running your life, stress is the result. So, even though you know what you should do to reduce stress, the pattern of self-sabotage steers you away from even the most obvious solutions.

Reporting by Mike Bundrant,

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