Nutrition for less stress!
Wholesome food choices are one of the best places to start when it comes to managing stress levels. There are just so many wonderful sources brimming with vitamins and minerals that the body needs to maintain balance, composure and resistance against the pressures of day-to-day living.
Positive energy: Serotonin
Lean meats including turkey and chicken promote serotonin production – a key chemical our brain releases to boost mood and energy. To avoid erratic blood sugar swings and cravings, it is beneficial to combine quality protein with slow release carbohydrates, try poached egg on toast or a chicken noodle soup. Great snacks for work or on the run include nuts and fruit or hummus and raw veggies. Finding balance with food leads to balanced energy and general wellbeing.
Tension release: Magnesium
Stress depletes our ability to relax as we remain constantly alert and pent up. This can lead to achy joints, tension headaches and unease. Heal and free the mind and body with magnesium rich sea salt, also plenty of fresh dark leaf greens including Kale, Spinach and Swiss chard.
Immunity boost: Vitamin C
Tense muscles in the body release our fight or flight stress hormone cortisol, this can defence against illness. Counteract this with plenty of fresh citrus fruit, broccoli and bright coloured vegetables. Also keep hydrated to help the body flush out those toxins.
Anxiety relief: Omega 3
Heart healthy oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon contain Omega 3 fatty acids that naturally lower our adrenaline levels which in excess can trigger both anxiety and depression.
To finish, here’s just a few other wellness ways to settle and shine:
Cup of calm: A comforting hot tea will instantly settle down anxiety & tension.
Water wellness: Swimming, a spa, even showers naturally ease muscles & boost mood.
Notice nature: Light, wildlife & fresh air invigorate & balance physical & spiritual being.
Mindful movement: Exercise releases stress, improves heart health & oxygenates the brain.
Take time for tranquillity every day.
Live well x