Let’s face it – life can be stressful. Whether it is from having a high-power career, a demanding boss, a rocky marriage, misbehaving kids, or an unplanned personal expense that pops up at the worst moment – we all have to deal with stress at one time or another. How we do so will ultimately affect the toll that each stressful situation we encounter has on our bodies as well as any lasting repercussions.
For example, I’m sure we all know that regular exercise is great in helping our bodies fight back against the harmful affects of stress. But did you know that certain foods could actually be helpful as well? That’s right a new study has revealed that certain foods can actually help our bodies recover from the affects of stress as well as helping to ward off the long term effects left behind that can leave you feeling run down, over whelmed, and even depressed.
An easy and great stress-relieving snack is Oatmeal with Berries and Walnuts. The oats in the oatmeal are packed with Vitamin B that can help to stabilize your mood, berries will provide a healthy does of Vitamin C to help keep the stress away, while walnuts are a great source of happy-boosting Omega-3’s. This snack is not only good for you; it’s quick, easy, and great on the go!
If you feel your stress level rising before your lunch break – it might be in your best interest to adjust your lunch plans to include a Salmon Sushi Roll with Brown Rice. Salmon is a fatty fish that contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to benefit the heart and help protect it from stress-reduced diseases. In addition, opting for brown rice over white rice adds a complex carb to your meal that your serotonin levels will get extra calming resources from.
Another all time favorite, that is actually good any time of the day, is a Kale Smoothie, or any other smoothie that has a dark green, leafy vegetable as its base. It is a great source of antioxidants and fiber which can provide a much needed energy boost to help you increase productivity and decrease anxiety, allowing you to focus on something other than your current stressful situation.
And for those of us who crave sweets every moment of the day, especially when faced with stressful situations – your sweet tooth is actually helping your body fight stress. That’s right, dark chocolate has been found to have many wonderful health benefits – but recently added to the list of its positives is that dark chocolate prompts the brain to release endorphins and can lower blood pressure. So, by all means when your body is telling you it needs chocolate – it probably does.
As with all food, moderation is key. Over indulging will not help fight the stress more then a healthy sized portion, but including foods like these into your diet when you are under additional stress will help alleviate any negative effects your body might be experience. In addition, if you include regular Tae Bo® Fitness workouts in your lifestyle, you will have the power and the fuel to fight stress head on without jeopardizing your health.