We tend to turn to comfort foods in times of stress. Although chips, ice cream, candy and cake may make you feel better temporarily, there are foods that doctors actually suggest to eat when you are stressed because the nutrients they contain have been proven to brighten your mood and lower anxiety. We’ve listed a few of them right here. So keep these 10 foods in your fridge or your desk drawer at work to eat to beat stress.
1. Hot Water with Lemon
Hot water improves digestion and lemon helps you wake up and start the day clear headed.
Cashews contain tryptophan and magnesium which help you to calm down and feel relaxed.
Chocolate prompts the brain to release endorphins that boost your serotonin levels (aka happy chemicals) and lower blood pressure.
4. Smoothies with Dark Green Veggies
Dark green, leafy vegetables are full of antioxidants to boost energy, which can in turn, decrease anxiety.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. These fruits have phytonutrients that help produce anti-depressant reactions in the body.
6. Hardboiled eggs
Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals that boost your memory and improve alertness.
This fruit is full of vitamin B6 which boosts your mood and serotonin.
8. Beef Jerky
Beef Jerky is high in antioxidants and omega-3’s which combat stress.
The bright green insides of avocados are high in vitamin B which is known to be a mood booster.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and all kinds of berries are rich in vitamin C, which combats stress.
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