Stress is something that we all have to manage. There are articles every week giving us tools to support managing the stress of daily life.
Would it be nice to know that something you are doing every day helps you to relieve your stress? The foods you eat can be stress-busting tools in your life.
In my blog last week Antioxidants are Stress-Busting Foods: Do You Have Them in Your Diet? I began sharing my favorite stress-busting foods. This week I will continue with foods that support your body’s ability to manage stress.
Salmon, or other cold water fatty fish contain omega-3, an essential fatty acid that prevents your stress hormones, adrenal and cortisol, from going through the roof. Omega-3 fatty acids also help stabilize blood sugar levels and are heart-healthy too.
Other examples of cold water fish include mackerel, herring, light tuna, sardines, cod and halibut. Mussels are another good seafood choice. Try eating some of these seafoods twice a week.
If you want vegetarian options look for chia seeds, flax seed oil, hemp seeds, walnuts, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and tahini.
Magnesium-containing foods such as spinach are key foods to reduce stress. Magnesium calms and relaxes your muscles.
This includes the muscles in your blood vessels that reduce your blood pressure in times of stress. It relaxes your other muscles, which in turn relieves pain and stress, especially tension headaches related to stress.
Magnesium is also responsible for your nervous system’s communication system. When we don't have enough magnesium our nerves get irritable and that can escalate our stress levels.
Other magnesium-containing foods are pumpkin seeds, Swiss chard, bananas, soybeans, almonds, cashews, kidney beans and black beans. Grains like oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa are loaded with magnesium.
Avocado is a superfood for just about any health condition.