Stressed? Welcome to the club. But don’t worry - we’re here to calm those nerves one bite at a time. As a wise Cameron Diaz once quoted in a film (The Holiday FYI) "Severe stress makes women age prematurely because stress causes DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate. So when we're stressed, we look haggard. This is just women, not men." Well, it's true. In worst case scenarios, stress overload can cause chronic imbalance of stress hormones and can lead to aging rapidly. * insert terrified emoji *
See, stress has a psychological effect on your body by releasing cortisol hormones into your bloodstream, which then accelerates your heart rate and your breathing, you know the feeling! This constant strain on your nervous system can make you feel exhausted, leaving you tired almost all the time.
But don’t stress (pun intended), we’ve got four anti-stress foods that are recommended by nutritionists! The better news? You probably already got them hiding in your kitchen! So sit back, take a deep breathe and relax.
Avocado’s are the bomb. We love them so much we prefer eating them over buying a home #TimGurnerfacts. This brilliant fruit is an excellent source of B6 and folic acid, two vital vitamins that have been proven to reduce stress and help maintain proper function of the nervous system. Avocado’s also contain a whole heap of potassium (975 micrograms, compared to a banana that has 422 micrograms), which your body needs to help regulate blood pressure and a healthy heart. Pop them on your toast, with your breakfast bowl or eat them on their own - either way, they’re delish!
Did you know one cup of cooked broccoli contains twice as much vitamin C than a medium sized-orange? Vitamin C helps regulate blood pressure and cortisol levels. Vitamin C also strengthens the immune system, which can be weakened by stress and making it more susceptible to cold and flus. Add this vibrant green mini-tree to your morning omelets, or roast them in the over for your salad side.
A study done by the Harvard Medical School, found that omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon naturally improves your mood. “The eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in omega-3 — are thought to benefit people with mood disorders.” In addition, omega-3 protects the heart, which is extremely important when it comes to reaching normal cortisol levels. Cortisol is a steroid hormone, used to regulate our metabolism and our immune system, but it’s also very important in helping the body respond to stress. Try our Smoked Salmon Egg Muffins for a super stress-free treat!
Where would we be without almonds? One serving contains 20% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium. Studied have shown that magnesium has a hypothermic effect on the nervous system and can improve sleep. Further more, magnesium prevents the creation of excess cortisol, you remember, the stress hormone! P.S. A serving of almonds is 30 grams, or a fill a shot glass for easier measuring.