The stressors of the outside world have a direct impact on the internal workings of our bodies.
When we perceive stress, our brains release certain hormones to address the “threat.” While these hormones are needed in order to live, too much stress can result in high levels of stress hormones – which can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Adrenaline and cortisone are two hormones that your body releases when stressed. Too much of either can cause health issues.
On the flip side, dopamine and serotonin are two hormones that increase your feelings of happiness and wellbeing. The release or increase of these hormones can relieve stress and boost your mood.
We can’t always control the stressors or our bodies’ reactions – but interestingly enough – there are actually foods that can aid our body in handling and reducing stress!
Tahini is a Middle Eastern butter made from ground, toasted sesame seeds. Tahini is rich in amino acids – including L-tryptophan. Your body converts L-tryptophan into serotonin.
Chickpeas are a type of legume. Chickpeas are rich in L-tryptophan. They also have a high level of magnesium – a mineral that our bodies need in order to combat stress. Chronic stress can result in depleted levels of magnesium.
Blueberries are a low-calorie, vitamin packed fruit. Antioxidants found in blueberries can reduce the negative impact that stress can have on our bodies (inflammation, cell damage) and are believed to boost your mood.
Avocados are rich in potassium. When we are stressed, the release of stress hormones often increases our blood pressure. Potassium can lower blood pressure.
Gives “stress-eating” a whole new definition! 😉
Do you know of any other “stress-relieving” foods? Drop your comments below.