Published On: Jan 17 2013 12:22:16 PM CSTUpdated On: Apr 11 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
Did you know that you can help relieve stress just by adjusting your diet? With April marking National Stress Awareness Month, reach for these nine foods, suggested by Marie Claire magazine, the next time you're feeling stressed, sick or just on the breaking point.
Dark green vegetables like kale and broccoli are packed with vitamins that help replenish our bodies when we're stressed out.
According to a German study in Psychopharmacology, the Vitamin C found in oranges helps reduce stress and brings blood pressure and cortisol levels back to normal.
Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids from foods like salmon keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from peaking, according to a study from Diabetes & Metabolism.
One cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily magnesium needs. Not getting enough magnesium can cause fatigue and migraine headaches.
Sweet potatoes can satisfy your craving for carbs and something sweet when feeling stressed out. They're also packed with vitamins and are a good source of fiber, which helps your body process those carbs.
The now infamous amino acid L-tryptophan really does make you feel relaxed, or even tired, after you eat turkey. It also boosts your mood via seratonin.
Almonds, pistachios and walnuts
Almonds are loaded with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system, while walnuts and pistachios help lower your blood pressure.
The monounsaturated fats and potassium inavocadoshelp lower blood pressure.
Apricots are a good source of magnesium, a stress reducer and a natural muscle relaxant.