The stress we experience throughout the day may leave negative effects on our health, cause headaches, heartburn, rapid heartbeat and insomnia.
Why not try to fight these negative consequences with food? Here are seven anti-stress foods which act like a massage and can help you relax your body and muscles.
1. Banana And Coffee Smoothie
This coffee smoothie is a non-morning person’s dream come true. Make the smoothie by adding coffee, soy milk, banana and a little bit of cocoa. This combination naturally boosts serotonin and dopamine in your body and lowers the blood pressure. Get your meal and coffee in a single glass before heading off to work.
2. Cereals With Cinnamon
There is no better way to boost serotonin – known as the hormone of happiness – with a dish of hot cereals with cinnamon. Fibre-rich cereals slowly relax your body and lower blood sugar levels. Add some cinnamon to make you feel less stressed.
3. Dark Chocolate With Almonds
Dark chocolate is teeming with beneficial antioxidants, so make sure to include dark chocolate with high percentage of cacao and almonds in your diet. It is a powerful combination for reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, energy boost and alleviating depression or anxiety.
Nuts are healthy snack options. If you want to be in a good mood try the combination of pistachios, almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds which are great source of fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fats. Be careful not to eat too many nuts, since they are high in calories.
If you crave food whenever you feel stressed or you believe the stress will go away if you chew something crispy, then carrots are the right solution or you. Eat some carrots instead some unhealthy snacks.
6. Crispy Kale Chips
Take some fresh kale leaves and some olive oil and make a crispy kale chips. The nutrients in kale help boost your immune system, lower the blood pressure and prevent a range of health problems. Kale is an excellent source of carotenoids which provide health benefits for the brain.
7. Pour Yourself A Glass Of Wine
A little wine at the end of the day can go a long way when it comes to beneficial effects. Moderate consumption of wine can prevent blood clotting, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of many diseases. Red wine is great for your bone mineral density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis. And like warm milk, it may help you doze off at night.