How do you combat holiday stress

How do you combat holiday stress

How do you fight the holiday stress? It isn’t for nothing that people say ‘you are what you eat. The next time you feel the blues creeping up on you, here are 7 food items you can include in your diet to combat stress.

Oatmeal can boost serotonin levels

Oatmeal may not sound like comfort food but this complex carbohydrate can boost serotonin levels, a hormone which makes you feel good and helps you to relax. If you have the time though, instead of going for instant oatmeal, go for the thick-cut oats that require to be cooked. Add chopped nuts or a tablespoon of nut butter for protein power and you are good to go.

Blueberries as antioxidant Vitamin C

Apart from carbohydrates and fibre, antioxidants also help to relieve stress. Blueberries are an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help in relieving stress and strengthening the immune system.

Grains helps supply of serotonin

Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and whole-grain pastas and breads help in reducing stress levels. The carbohydrates and fibre provide a steady supply of serotonin. Also, whole grains are rich in magnesium; a deficiency of which can cause anxiety. Whole grains are also good for the overall health of the body. Whole grains are fortified with folic acid, deficiency of which can cause depression.

Citrus fruits has glutathione

Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are not only a source of the antioxidant Vitamin C which is excellent in combating stress, it also has glutathione. Recent studies have shown that stress can compromise the immune system which can lead to further stress. Glutathione boosts the immune system and antioxidant protection by protecting the body from free radicals. Try to avoid the packed juices and have the raw fruits to gain maximum benefits.

Fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids

Wild fish like salmon, shrimp, pollock, catfish, cod, etc are low in mercury and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help prevent surges of cortisol (stress hormone) and protect against heart diseases and depression.

Nuts and seeds as source of magnesium

Nuts and seeds like almond, sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, etc are rich in magnesium. Too little magnesium can trigger headaches and fatigue which can worsen stress levels. Magnesium also helps in regulating cortisol and promoting the feelings of wellbeing.

Herbal tea combats stress levels

Nothing combats stress levels better than herbal tea! So the next time you feel like a coffee, instead of the customary caffeine hit, opt for a cup of herbal tea. There is a wide range available like chamomile, mint, barley, passionflower, etc all of which have shown to have calming effects on frayed nerves.

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