Next time you feel stressed and reach for your favorite comfort foods, do yourself a favor and consider a healthy choice with the power to reduce tension.
You will need
- Complex carbohydrate foods
- Magnesium-rich foods
- Warm milk
- Small meals (optional)
Step 1 Reach for complex carbs Reach for complex carbs to reduce your stress. Whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas help your body produce serotonin, the feel-good chemical.
Step 2 Load up on magnesium Load up on magnesium-rich foods such as spinach, soy, and apricots to help your system control cortisol. These foods serve as a natural muscle relaxant.
Eat several small meals throughout the day to maintain stable blood sugar levels. This helps you better manage stress.
Step 3 Make a turkey sandwich Make yourself a turkey sandwich, even if it’s not Thanksgiving. Turkey is high in L-tryptophan, which releases serotonin.
Step 4 Grab and orange Grab an orange for a dose of Vitamin C, another stress-buster.
Step 5 Avoid sweets and sodas Avoid sweets, sodas, and simple carbs. They give you a quick serotonin boost, but also cause an unpleasant crash.
Maintaining a healthy diet will help your body deal with stress and keep your immune system strong.
Step 6 Pour a glass of milk Pour yourself a glass of warm milk at bedtime. The serotonin-inducing drink will provide a calm trip to dreamland, so you’ll be ready for a bright new day.
Did You Know:
Serotonin influences moods, and experts link an imbalance of serotonin levels in a person to depression.