Looking to nourish your body with foods that decrease stress and anxiety? You have arrived to your destination. This article outlines stress-reducing foods that enhance mood and promote relaxation. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with work deadlines, appointments, events, traffic, kids, pets, and yes even your next-door neighbor  Take a moment to enjoy some stress-reducing treats!

Pack your grocery bags with some of these tasty stress-relieving foods:

1.  Got stress? Get milk. Quench your thirst with a nice tall glass of fresh low-fat milk. In the midst of all the chaos, stop and indulge in the simplicity yet satisfying taste of a nice cup of milk. It will leave you satisfied, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of the day.

2. WebMD shares that complex carbohydrates stimulate the production of serotonin in the brain, which promotes relaxation and tranquility. Examples of complex carbohydrates include cereals, oatmeal, pastas, and breads. It’s best to go for whole grains and brown rice, rather than refined breads and pastas. Complex carbohydrates help maintain blood sugar in normal levels.

3. Increase your intake of Vitamin C, with juicy fruits like oranges, tangerines, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries. WebMD documents a recent study of people with high blood pressure. The study revealed that blood pressure and cortisol levels (a stress hormone) returned to normal limits much quicker in people who took vitamin C before engaging in a stressful task. Several over-the-counter (OTC) products combine B-complex vitamins with Vitamin C. Many consumers report stress reduction and increase energy with these supplements. Before starting new OTC products consult your physician, as some of these natural supplements contain herbal ingredients that counteract the effects of certain medications. 

4. Add some color to your plate with green leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and turnip greens are filled with nutrients to power-up your day! WebMD notes that too little Magnesium can cause headaches and fatigue, which are common results of stress. Green leafy vegetables are high in essential vitamins and minerals like Magnesium, Vitamin A, C, and K. Individuals on Coumadin or Warfarin therapy can benefit from other magnesium-containing foods without high amounts of Vitamin K. Examples of other food sources high on Magnesium include fish, bananas, avocados, and dark chocolate.

5. Nothing compares to a nice warm cup of peppermint tea. There are wide assortments of decaffeinated teas to suit your taste such as lavender, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, pomegranate, and others. Taking a moment to unwind and enjoy a cup of tea, welcomes a relaxing atmosphere where stress is not welcomed.  The key is to keep it decaf!


* All information shared in this article should be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating any suggestions. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide advice or direct client decisions.