Honestly, food can be the way into anyone's heart. But sometimes, different foods and drinks can help us in ways we didn't even know about! People who are stressed can feel the need to overeat on junk food, which isn't always the best option. Here's a list of healthy food & drinks that can help our bodies alleviate stress and anxieties.
Turkey contains an amino acid that your body converts to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (carries signals to the brain) that is responsible for regulating cyclic body processes and the well being and happiness of the human body.
These little blue fruits aren't only good for making our mouths happy. Blueberries contain antioxidants that produce dopamine, a chemical that is critical to coordination, memory function, and a person's overall mood.
3. Dark Chocolate
Who doesn't love chocolate? Now, you just have more of a reason to eat it! You don't get happy when eating chocolate for just any reason. Anandamide, a neurotransmitter, temporarily blocks feelings of pain and depression. This chemical produces this compound when chocolate is eaten. How cool is that?
It's safe to say that this yummy super food has become pretty popular over the last few years. Avocado's have close to 20 essential health boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin B, vitamin E, and folate. They are also helpful in regulating blood sugar and this combination can keep your mood on a good pace, even in times of stress.
I actually really love to eat asparagus. There are high levels of folic acid in asparagus and depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid. So, if you eat enough, this little green veggie can make you happier!
6. Green Tea
Warm or hot, this drink has so many benefits. L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea plants, is responsible for the unique flavor of green tea, and it’s also the substance believed to promote relaxation.
7. Coconut Water
While coconut water is well known for boosting energy levels, it also helps with calming anxiety. It's said to regulate the electrolytes in our body, which helps us remain calm and stress free.
8. Kava Tea
Kava is used by Pacific Island cultures for its relaxing qualities. The root of the Piper methysticum plant is chewed, ground, or pulverized to make drinks or teas that can ease a person’s mind while maintaining clarity, offering temporary relief from anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
9. Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherry juice has an abundance of health benefits. Some of those benefits include reducing inflammation that’s been linked to heart disease and arthritis, lowering cholesterol, supporting healthy joints and improving the duration and quality of sleep, which in turn, helps one to remain calm and manage stress better throughout the day.
And finally, water! It's the answer to all of life's problem's honestly. Just stay hydrated and you'll become a healthier and happier person.