Numerous studies show that one thing we all have in common in 21st century is stress.
How often do you get really stressed out?
Once a month…a week…a day?
Did you know that more than 300.000 people a day take time off work because of a stress related illness?! When overstressed, we may have headaches or migraines, anxiety attacks, pounding heart, sadness and depression, tension in back of neck or head, stomach problems, irritability, moodiness, bad temper, overeating, fatigue, frequent colds, etc.
Because we are what we eat, the first step in helping with stress overload is to eat more super foods that can help us to reduce stress and feel better (the second step will be detox).
Whole foods rich in anti-stress vitamins and minerals are stress fighters we can use as natural stress remedies. Incorporate them in your diet as much as possible.
It has been found that people under stress have low magnesium levels. A deficiency of magnesium interferes with transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness. Almonds, apples, apricots, brown rice, garlic, leafy vegetables, spinach, salmon, etc. contain Magnesium.
Our body needs a proper balance between magnesium and calcium to have a healthy stress response. Healthy foods rich in Calcium are almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, kelp, mustard greens, oats, prunes, salmon, seafood, sesame seeds, tofu, yogurt / kefir, etc.
Studies show that people who are depressed have low levels of B6 and serotonin. We need eat more avocados, bananas, fish, spinach, walnuts-to get more Vitamin B6.
As we know, B12 deficiency can contribute too many anxiety disorders caused by stress, such as hormonal imbalances, blood sugar fluctuations, chronic fatigue, depression, irritability, moodiness, nervousness. We need to eat more salmon, seafood, sea vegetables (if we don’t eat meat) to get more Vitamin B12.
Studies show that folic acid helps make dopamine – the real key to transmitting feelings of pleasure. Healthy foods rich in folate are asparagus, barley, brown rice, dates, green leafy vegetables, legumes, lentils, mushrooms, oatmeal, oranges, root vegetables, salmon, tuna, whole grains, etc.
Slow down, relax and enjoy.
Irina Wardas HHC, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and Counselor