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Food for Thought

Monday, April 4, 2011

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Katrina Heisler
Monday, April 4, 2011

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When stress levels get out of control, some of us reach for that tub of chocolate ice cream in the freezer or dive into the bag of chips in the cupboard. While the chocolate bliss may drown out the millions of things on your to-do list, and munching on chips may help to ease the anxiety you feel as you tackle a project, both ultimately leave you with the same level of stress you had before you started snacking. However, some foods are healthy, nutritious, and de-stressing! Delish composed a list of 9 Foods That Reduce Stress Levels so you know just what to reach for to get you on track.

First on the list is oranges. Their surplus of vitamin C helps to lower stress levels by reducing blood pressure and cortisol back to normal levels following high stress situations. Many people crave carbohydrates when feeling under pressure, so bake a sweet potato to curb cravings and ease stress. Magnesium deficiencies can lead to fatigue and cause painful, work-halting migraines so eating apricots for a snack or having a large spinach salad for lunch will help you focus. Turkey raises the “feel good” chemical serotonin in the brain, letting you feel relaxed. Other foods on the list include nuts - such as almonds, pistachios and walnuts - salmon, avocados, and green vegetables. Feeling stressed? No worries, you now know foods that will lower stress levels and improve your health and well being.

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