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How to Eat to Reduce Stress

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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: Serotonin influences moods, and experts link an imbalance of serotonin levels in a person to depression.

You Will Need

  • Complex carbohydrate foods
  • Magnesium-rich foods
  • Turkey
  • Oranges
  • Warm milk
  • Small meals (optional)

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