We've all been there. Stressed, tried, over-worked, exhausted, and just plain over it. While exercise, meditation, and a good chat with a good pal can help, sometimes it's just not enough. Eating a diet packed with stress-busting foods is a powerful potion to keep stress and anxiety at bay. Next time you head to the grocery store, load your cart with some or all of these eight superfoods and say sayonara to stress.
Asparagus: This green veggie is high in folic acid and vitamin B a key ingredient in mood stabilization. Folic acid and B vitamins are needed to produce serotonin, a popular mood-booster.
Beef: While beef has had its fare share of controversy, when eaten in moderation it's a very useful protein. It has a high level of zinc, B vitamins, and iron—all great stress busters. Choose lean, high-quality cuts.
Blueberries: These little blue wonders are crammed with antioxidants and vitamin C—two powerful stress stompers. Their high levels of fiber can also aid in the relief of stomach cramps that can occur in times of stress.
Milk: Milk contains vitamins B2 and B12, and it also contains antioxidants that help destroy free radicals associated with stress.
Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, a great stress-buster that is hard to get. Low levels of magnesium equals more anxiety, headaches, tension, sleep disorders, and general nervousness. Enjoy one handful of pumpkin seeds each day for 50 percent of your daily requirement.
Salmon: We all know how powerful omega-3s are in fighting heart disease, but this fabulous fat also helps us maintain healthy levels of cortisol—a critical anti-stress hormone. Salmon happens to be one of the world's best source of omega-3s. Salmon is also loaded with tryptophan, an amino-acid that aids in sleep. If you're not a fan of salmon, tuna is a great alternative.
Oatmeal: More stress equals less serotonin. Serotonin is a powerful stress-fighting hormone. Carbs are a great source of serotonin. Instead of scarfing fast-burning, sugar-filled carbs like bagels and burritos, focus on consuming more whole-grains. Grains like oatmeal, quinoa, and barley release a slow and steady flow of serotonin and will keep you calm and cool all day long.
Almonds: Almonds are well known nutritional superfoods. They're loaded with vitamin B2, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, and good fats. Vitamin E, specifically, has been shown to fight the free radicals that cause stress.