Stress release is a massive part of today's lifestyle. I find a superfood smoothie incredible for my nervous and digestive system. Often when we are stressed our digestion loves a soothing smoothie. Intermittent fasting is terrific for giving the digestive system a break as well as many other health benefits. As a health copywriter I am such a fan of Dr Michael Mosley and his The Fast 800 - The Science Of Healthy Living. However, let’s take a look at nourishing whole foods which may be helpful for managing stress.
Magnesium For Stress Release
I have a shot of magnesium at night before I go to bed to help relax my mind and muscles, also to help strengthen my bones and teeth. Health conditions magnesium may help include; PMS, heart, stress, and anxiety.
Foods that contain magnesium include:
Grass-fed beef, lamb, and eggs.
Almonds, cashews, seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, chia), brazil nuts, and walnuts.
Raw cacao, and molasses.
Figs, kelp, prunes, spinach, bananas, and parsley.
Healthy Fats For Stress Release
Healthy fats are essential building blocks for the brain and the nervous system. They support memory, cognitive function, and a healthy mood.
Foods that contain healthy fats include:
Salmon, sardines, mackerel, and eggs (depending on what the chickens fed, choose omega-3 fatty acid ones).
Brazil nuts, walnuts, flaxseeds, avocado and a good quality fish oil supplements.
Vitamin B's For Stress Release
All the B vitamins act together to support energy production, mood disorders, confusion, detoxification, adrenals, nervous system and optimal brain function. Without adequate levels of B vitamin's, your ability to cope with stress may reduce.
Foods that contain B vitamins include:
Chicken, lamb, grass-fed beef livers, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, rice bran, almonds, and eggs.
Other foods that are great for supporting your nervous system include soybeans, sprouts, brown rice, millet, whole grains, and wild rice. Leafy greens, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, red peppers, blueberries, coconut (fresh), figs, gooseberries, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, prunes, and strawberries.
Herbs For Stress Release
I love adaptogen herbs for modulating the effects of stress. Every morning I have a shot of tonic packed with adaptogen herbs and antioxidants. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and natural extracts to help support the body’s energy, stamina and health.
Foods To Avoid
Remove foods which may amplify your stress response including; caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white bread, rice, pasta and food allergies. Additionally, limit inflammatory foods.
In conclusion, deep diaphragm breathing, exercise and yoga are useful tools to help manage stress. I don't know how I'd survive without my daily yoga practice.