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Foods That Reduce Stress

There are a numbers of foods that can improve the bodies resilience to stress.These include foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Complex Carbohydrates, and Probiotics.

  • Foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 is utilized in our bodies to protect the brain and improve cognitive function. Some foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

    • Flax Seeds

    • Chia Seeds

    • Walnuts

    • Tofu

    • Navy Beans

    • Brussel Sprouts

    • Avocados

  • Foods high in Vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C help the body reduce cortisol levels, which is released in response to stress. Some foods high in Vitamin C:

    • Blueberries

    • Raspberries

    • Strawberries

    • Blackberries

  • Foods high in Magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that helps the body's muscles and nervous system relax. Also, Magnesium is essential to the body's production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps us feel happy. Some foods high in Magnesium:

    • Leafy Greens

      • Kale

      • Collard Greens

      • Spinach

    • Nuts/ Seeds

      • Sunflower Seeds

      • Pumpkin Seeds

      • Walnuts

  • Foods high in Complex Carbohydrates. Eating Complex Carbohydrates not only gives the body healthy energy but also helps prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes, which can contribute to stress and anxiety. Some foods high in Complex Carbohydrates:

    • Whole grains

      • Oats

      • Brown Rice

      • Quinoa

  • Foods high in Probiotics. Probiotics have been shown to improve mental health and reduce stress levels. Some foods high in Probiotics:

    • Yogurt

    • Sauerkraut

    • Kimchi

    • Kombucha

    • Miso

In addition to supportive foods, it is also important to have a consistent exercise routine so that you are able to manage and lower stress levels in the body. Lowering your stress levels increases longevity and quality of life.

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