Nutrition plays an important role in our mental health. Poor nutrition can negatively impact our mental health, and proper nutrition can actually improve mental health.
Do you ever feel anxious or stressed? You are not alone.
Sometimes stress can help you focus and get the task at hand done or can trigger your flight or fight responses and literally save your life.
But when stress or anxiety is frequent and intense, it can strain your body and make it impossible to function. Finding effective ways to deal is crucial to living well. The goal is not to avoid stress and anxiety, but to better understand them, recognize the signs and symptoms, and proactively manage the conditions.
What we eat can impact our ability to manage stress and anxiety when they inevitably come up. First and foremost, focus on eating a balanced diet of whole foods.
Some foods that may help alleviate stress are listed below.
- Matcha: Matcha is rich in L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid with powerful stress-relieving properties.
- Swiss chard: Swiss chard is loaded with 36% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium, which plays an important role in your body’s stress response.
- Artichokes: Artichokes are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and K, all of which are essential for a healthy stress response.
- Eggs: Whole eggs are rich in choline which has been shown to play an important role in brain health and may protect against stress.
- Garlic: Garlic is high in compounds that help increase levels of glutathione which is part of your body’s first line of defense against stress.
- Broccoli: Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are known for their health benefits and may help with mental health disorders like depression.
- Chickpeas: Chickpeas are packed with stress-fighting vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper.
- Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects and other health benefits, including improved mood.
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