Sweaty palms, palpitations, shortness of breath, irritability are all symptoms of stress that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Did you know that stress can cause heart disease, depression, insomnia, and lowered immunity? You don’t have to take dietary supplements. Stress can be reduced with home remedies such as plenty of physical activity, relaxing massages to relax your muscles, and even aromatherapy. Often, however, the physical symptoms of stress are indicative of mineral and vitamin deficiencies found in the foods we eat in our daily diet. Check out this list of fruits and vegetables that can help you fight stress.
A few words about the opponent
To effectively reduce stress, it is helpful to first learn about it from the ground up. Stress occurs when the body secretes hormones – adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, glucocorticoids. In the first phase, it is mobilizing, encouraging the body to flee or fight – thus directly protecting life in threatening situations. Thus, stress itself can be motivating, for example, during an exam or when performing a difficult task at work. Unfortunately, most of us suffer from excess stress, a chronic condition that leads to chronic fatigue in the body. Symptoms include lethargy, irritability, mood swings and even depression and insomnia.
What ingredients to look for?
- vitamin C – is an important component that regulates the formation of cortisol. Vitamin C deficiency translates into increased stress. To avoid this, eat rosehips, parsley, black currants, red peppers and citrus fruits;
- flavonoids – plant pigments which, by the way, are powerful antioxidants. They help lower cortisol levels, improve mood, and reduce oxidative stress. You can find them in onions, tomatoes, broccoli, citrus, apples, blueberries, cherries, black currants;
- magnesium – is the most effective ingredient in the fight against stress. Not only inhibits the release of stress hormones, but in addition causes the synthesis of the hormone of happiness; Magnesium helps in the fight against muscle cramps caused by stress. Magnesium-rich foods include: bananas, strawberries, grapefruit, figs, spinach, kale, lettuce, green asparagus, botanicals and, of course, nuts;
- b vitamins – b vitamins help metabolize toxins. Their deficiencies manifest as increased susceptibility to stress, feeling disoriented and overwhelmed. Ingredients rich in B vitamins include cauliflower, parsley, bananas, beans, peas, nuts, carrots, and peaches;
- complex carbohydrates help increase levels of serotonin, also known as the happy hormone. Serotonin helps to control mood and sleep processes, thus contributing to the elimination of stress symptoms and fighting insomnia. So it is worth eating nuts and seeds, bananas, avocados, berries, beans, lentils, pears, brassica vegetables.
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