Americans are faced with stressful schedule daily. And all of that stress adds up. It really adds up. Which got me to thinking about foods that could help taper stress levels. After all, we know that Americans are not eating properly, and that can further contribute to stress levels. Here are the five foods that I researched that have stress soothing benefits.
Nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, and peanuts provide plentiful doses of protein and fat. But more importantly, nuts provide a whopping amount of B vitamins. B vitamins are critical for metabolism and energy. They rich with potassium and have proven to lower blood pressure.
Lowers cortisol. Do you really need a reason to eat dark chocolate?
Red bell peppers much like many other fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C are known to reduce cortisol levels. In case you didn't know, cortisol is a real asshole, causing fat storage to increase and your brain to feel not-so-calm. Bell peppers contain two times the amount of vitamin C as oranges. Add them to your salad or dip them in hummuus.
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon work to reduce anxiety. Broil 6 ounces of salmon for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pair it with roasted asparagus, sauteed spinach and lemon juice. Yum Yum.
Spinach contains magnesium. Magnesium enables energy production and maintains balance within the nervous system. We both know those are key to maintaining sanity.