National Stress Awareness Day is Wednesday, November 7th.
Everyone feels stress from time to time. However, during the holiday season with work deadlines looming and our social calendars booking up, stress levels are at an all-time high.
Luckily, there are foods that naturally help combat stress levels and relieve your tension.
Turkey breast is rich in tryptophan, which is an amino acid that the body converts to serotonin. Having more serotonin released from the brain means feeling happier and relaxed.
Pistachios have a physical effect on lowering your heart rate and blood pressure during times of stress. A small handful twice daily will give you the stress-reducing benefits you need to get you through the day.
Great for all chocolate lovers! Research has shown that dark chocolate can reduce the stress hormone cortisol—consume this in moderation, of course.
Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins. They also keep you full for longer and are high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.
Salmon contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help boost serotonin production. Omega- 3 fats also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help counteract the negative effects of stress hormones.
Ladell Hill, Co-Founder of Executive Armor, says consuming these foods is a great and tasty way to combat stress levels, but getting up and moving is just as effective. All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease anxiety and stress by helping the brain release “feel-good” chemicals. Just by taking a quick walk around your neighborhood, taking the stairs up and down a few flights and doing simple stretching exercises can help combat one’s stress levels.