Science proves that we perform our worst under stress and we also hurt our physical and emotional well-being with stress. Stress has also been linked with anxiety, lower blood pressure, underperformance, and depression. You must be wondering are we fighting all this while we manage stress on a daily basis? The answer is ‘yes’.
There is no way we can avoid stress as right from driving to the office to completing assignments and fighting off office politics, everything is stress-worthy!
But we can always tackle it with a diet that keeps our stomach full and our mind and body healthy. When we have a nutrient-packed diet, we prepare ourselves to fight uneasiness that may arise out of our physical and mental health and further alleviate the stress levels.
They say a healthy body is a weapon for the mind. We need to ensure that we sharpen this weapon with the best possible nutrients that make our day and break the stress.
Nutrients that improve blood flow include omega-3s (EPA and DHA), vitamin E and polyphenols found in red wine, blueberries, and dark chocolate. By having a healthy and nutritive diet one can experience a 'cascading effect' on brain health because as it improves blood flow, the delivery of key nutrients to the brain is also improved. Along with this, physical fitness is one of the strongest 'anti-cognitive decline' factors and it acts by maintaining healthy blood flow to the brain.
- Omega 3 which is found in fish like salmon and tuna provide anti-inflammatory effects. One can find vitamin E in foods like sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocados.
- A cup of brewed green tea contains between 25 and 29 milligrams (mg) of caffeine versus black brewed coffee’s 95 to 165 mg per cup. One can, therefore, consider green tea as a preferred choice compared with coffee for all the good reasons.
- Dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants, may also help reduce stress by lowering levels of stress hormones in the body, according to a study that followed participants who ate about 1.5 ounces (oz) per day for two weeks.
- Avocados are not only delicious mashed into guacamole or sliced and added to a salad — they also offer omega-3 fatty acids.
- Adding seafood to our plate can also go a long way in providing nutrients and improving the stress levels. It is always recommended to have fatty fish as it elevates the happy hormones and manages the stress levels by limiting the production of stress due to work.