Are you feeling a lot more tired than usual? Do you get irritated quite easily? Do you get annoyed with every single task you do on a daily basis? Are you facing skin issues or have you been suffering from a disturbed sleep cycle? If your answer to most of these questions is a yes, then you’re stressed. In order to relieve yourself of stress, make sure to adopt some lifestyle changes and start including certain foods in your diet.#ThinkWithNiche
The lifestyle of most of the people in the current scenario is not something that can be considered healthy. It is demanding and strenuous can definitely take a toll on an individual's health. The way people are expected to work today, it is no doubt that one’s health is sacrificed in the process. The competition is tough and everyone is under a pressure to perform better than the person next to them. It has led many to overlook their body’s demand. While working on a tight schedule from morning till night, many people skip eating a healthy breakfast and opt for black coffee instead, thinking that it will boost them for the entire day. It may boost you up for the day ahead but it can be harmful as well.
Apart from eating the wrong kind of food and junk food, many people suffer from work-related stress because of the workplace environment, deadlines, uncompromising nature of the employer, salary concerns, expenditure concerns, the uncertainty of their job tenure, and in general too. A student might feel stressed because of the approaching exams, a homemaker might feel stressed because of boredom and doing the same thing every day. The possibilities of being stressed are infinite.
Our body processes on the basis of the food we provide it, hence in order to deal with the issues that bother us from within, we must deal with them with the help of our food consumption which acts as fuel for our body.
Let’s Take A Look At Some Top Food That Act As Stress Busters
1. Dark Chocolate
According to research, people who eat a candy-sized portion of dark chocolate daily for two weeks were known to have lower levels of cortisol and other fight or flight hormones. In order to get better results, try to eat chocolate that contains more than 70% cocoa, but make sure you are aware of the calorie count. Dark chocolate is considered much healthier than normal chocolate, so if you love to eat chocolate and crave it then consider having dark chocolate rather than the regular one.
Apart from offering other health benefits blueberries are known to improve a person’s mood significantly. Blueberries contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The berries will act as a shield to protect the body from stress-induced inflammation and cellular damage caused by stress.
Eating crunchy fresh vegetables which are rich in minerals, vitamins, and fiber is sure to reduce your stress along with the given benefits that they offer. One such great vegetable is carrot, the beautiful orange-colored vegetable that is good for your heart and helps to maintain blood pressure. Since carrot is a root vegetable, it boosts the serotonin hormone in the body. Serotonin is a happiness hormone, it induces happiness in the body or a state of being happy. So next time you are out at a supermarket, grab a kilo of fresh carrot to munch on.
If you are late for the office and thinking about skipping breakfast, then you can have a bowl of oatmeal instead of that. Always have a bowl of oatmeals every morning no matter what, never skip a bowl of healthy wholesome breakfast. Adopt a habit of eating a bowl of grain oats, oats will help your brain generate distressing neurotransmitter serotonin. Oats are not only low on sugar but are rich in fiber as well. Many researchers have found that a person who consumes less sugar is healthier than the one who consumes more sugar.
5. Nuts and Dry Fruit
If you want to beat stress-induced sickness, or are suffering from low immunity caused due to stress, make sure to grab a handful of nuts on the go, nuts such as almonds, walnut, pistachios, etc are rich in zinc, and other vitamins, which readily boost your body’s strength to cut down stress and remain healthy.
A quick look at the food items mentioned above gives us an idea that for fighting off stress in our daily life, we do not need to eat pills each night before we go off to sleep, certain food items present in our kitchen shall be helpful enough to maintain a healthy body which is healthy and productive.