How to Lessen Your Stress by Eating Healthy Foods


You can identify many effects of stress on your health that might hinder you in functioning normally. These include high blood pressure, which causes heart damage, and digestive disorders. Stress can also cause people to develop sleeping disorders or weakened immune systems. Some people even face insomnia and skin rashes or hives. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet can help you fight stress as well as prevent other ill effects on your health.

  • Understand the positive effect Omega-3 fatty acids can have on your heart. You can find this “good” fatty acid in walnuts. Walnuts also contain manganese, copper and tryptophan, which help lessen blood pressure and serve as a shield to the heart. The nut also assists the brain in functioning properly and strengthens the natural immune system. Further, walnuts have compounds that help improve asthma, arthritis and eczema. To help you get complete rest as you sleep, tryptophan proves beneficial.

  • Chocolates are good for the health, provided you consume them in moderation and eat the proper quality of chocolate. Look for dark chocolates and eat one-quarter to one-half ounces daily; additionally, select dark chocolates that contain 70% cocoa. Chocolate can make you feel relaxed because of its natural, nourishing components. Remember, however, that chocolate is high in fat and calories; thus, you should consume it in moderation only.
  • Carbohydrates, part of the food pyramid, help produce energy in the body to keep you going throughout the day. Oatmeal works great to satisfy your carbohydrate needs. It makes you feel good and healthy inside because of its ability to create seratonin. High in fiber, it makes you feel full in the same way eating a plate of pasta does without adding to your sugar level. Oatmeal also helps you eliminate waste inside your body on a regular basis so that you can get rid of toxins and other impurities.
  • To help the body gain necessary renewed energy through good sleep, drink milk before going to bed if you have trouble sleeping. Milk remains the best source of calcium and has a calming and soothing effect, much like a sedative. Another benefit of milk involves the fact that it reduces (if not completely stops) muscle cramps, PMS, migraines and headaches. It also has the ability to develop good nerves for proper muscle function. Best known as excellent for strengthening the bones and teeth, milk can also shield you from certain cancers.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water also helps to eliminate waste, including toxins and other impurities. Although it’s not necessarily an energy-building drink, water does help keep you body in balance so you’re better prepared to fight stress.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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