“Stressed” is just “desserts” spelt backwards.
The next time you’re tempted to eat your feelings, pause and take a beat. Then, reach for one of these treats.
These little marvels boast an essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, plus polyphenols, which can help keep cortisol and adrenaline in check.
Fun fact: Oysters aren’t just for sexy time. They’re also full of zinc, which has been shown to modulate the brain’s and body’s response to stress. One serving of six oysters has more than half of the recommended daily allowance of zinc (50 grams).
B vitamins are said to be good at lessening anxiety. Feeling frazzled? Snack on fresh avocado slices. Bonus: The fruit (yep, it’s not a vegetable) is also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.
Even better, make some guacamole dip for carrot sticks – the munching helps with the destressing, too.
Skip the coffee and make yourself a cup of black tea. In a study by University College London, subjects who drank black tea four times a day for six weeks had lowered cortisol levels after an upsetting or intense event or situation.
Chocolate produces endorphins and contains the compound anandamide, which mimics marijuana’s effects on the brain. Look for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or, ahem, higher to reap the benefits.
Studies show that when you’re stressed, your body needs more vitamin C in order to repair and protect cells. One of the best ways to get a quick boost? Nosh on berries. All of them – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries – can do the trick.
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, September 2016