5 Foods to relieve stress

Updated: May 28, 2019

Are you busy and always on the go? Add these foods to your diet to help your body detoxify and protect itself against free radicals.

In the world we live in today our body needs every possible support to keep up with all the pollution, processed foods, busyness etc. In order to fight inflammation that's created by these stressors, you want to consume as much antioxidants as possible that help protect your body against the damage. If you don't have much time and aren't ready to make a radical change, you can start by incorporating these foods to your diet to support your body. As a plus, these foods are natural anti-aging killers !

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most potent antioxidants that helps to manage inflammation.

Turmeric is even a potent pain killer when combined with Omega 3, it supports digestive and brain health and helps manage skin conditions like psoriasis. You should know that you always need to combine it with black pepper and fat so it can be absorbed by the body. To get best results, it's best to use it as a juice or supplement with piperin (black pepper). You can add it to your morning smoothie, yogurt or enjoy a golden latte: open a capsule or two in hot nut milk or coconut milk, add some cinnamon, vanilla spice and honey to it and enjoy. You can add it to any dishes you are cooking of course as well.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps keep your blood sugar stable to avoid cravings especially when being stressed.

But it also has anti-inflammatory properties and supports heart health. You should always pay attention to choose real Ceylon cinnamon as the most common (and cheapest type) called Cassia cinnamon can actually be toxic in high doses due to the presence of a compound called coumarin. Ceylon cinnamon also contains coumarin, but in much smaller amounts.

3. Magnesium

When being stressed, your body needs a lot of extra magnesium.

If using Magnesium supplements, always choose Magnesium Biglycinate which is easiest to absorb for your body.

There are a lot of foods rich in Magnesium though like Cocoa (no not the milk chocolate you can find in the supermarket unfortunately, you need to go for the real stuff!) Best is raw chocolate powder or organic dark chocolate (min 80%). Cocoa is also high in antioxidants.

Other foods high in magnesium are almonds, oats, seaweed, spinach, pumpkin seeds for instance.

4. Omega-3 rich foods

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to manage inflammation.

Essential means that you need to eat them because your body cannot make them! Food sources are wild caught salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring or grass-fed beef.

But also plant based sources like organic flax seed, chia seeds, hemp seeds or algae oil are rich in Omega 3. The problem in our diet today is that we consume too many Omega 6 (processed foods, vegetable oils..) and therefore our anti-inflammation process is out of balance. Hence the need for more Omega 3 fats to balance and anti-inflame.

5. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants

Unfortunately, Blueberries are heavily treated with pestizides so it's really important to choose organic. If not in season, you can opt for frozen or freeze-dried blueberries or Gojiberries which are an equally good choice and very available now as dried fruit. They can be very high-priced, it's best to buy in larger quantities online. Both fruits have a low glycemic index that will help keep your blood-sugar levels stable and avoid cravings, but also promote heart and brain health.

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