By: SOPHIA PACHECO
While in quarantine, our stress levels have reached overwhelming heights, leaving us anxious and uncomfortable while we shelter in place. The majority of people use exercise, art and crafts, watching videos, and learning things to cope with these high levels of stress. But did you know that yet another good way to relieve stress is through eating certain foods? Yes, some foods, like fruits, can help take away your stress and boost serotonin in your system.
Sweet potatoes/carrots: According to inc.com, “Root vegetables are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates, which can help to boost serotonin production. Plus, because they are subtly sweet, they can offset cravings for sugar. ” (Barbara Mendez, 7 Foods That Reduce Stress) A great way to make sure you boost your happiness in a day is by cooking up a few yams in the steamer.
Citrus Fruit: From the mind of HappyScienceMom.com(Food that de-stresses the mind, Alrech Anna), “Lemons have been found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, and help us feel calmer overall.” This is great news for those who drink a lot of lemonade and orange juice every week. And if you haven’t, don’t worry; there’s plenty to go around at your local supermarket.
Oatmeal: Coach.nine.com.au says that “Not only is curling up in front of the tv with a warm bowl of oats comforting, the huge dose of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber will help your body neutralise the level of stress hormone in your system called cortisol.” As well as these benefits, oatmeal also gives you lasting energy throughout the day, giving you less stress and more energy dispersion. A good alternative to that donut on your kitchen shelf.
Seeds/Nuts: Inc.com (Food that Relieves your stress, Barbara Fence) also says that “Nuts and seeds are a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which help reduce stress. Walnuts are one of the best sources of Omega 3s. Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production and can take the edge off a stressful day.” Having a small bag of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are very beneficial to your health as well as your stress levels.
Eating these foods will not immediately take off your stress, and it is not a magical cure to everything. But it can help, however, and the simple act of eating healthy will cleanse the body as well. So give it a try, and instead of that cookie, reach for a carrot instead.