Foods that wish away stress

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Foods that wish away stress

Postby LKVM » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:18 pm

Stress is in the air, while on the move, we stress over poor road sense of fellow drivers, in office over mounting workload, at parties over surging real estate rates, and round up as impatient listeners at home. But just who is not stressed today?

Experts blame an erratic diet as a predominant cause of stress, which usually spans into snack breaks, tea breaks and more snack breaks. Though we can do better by tweaking our diet chart to include foods that curb stress.

Here is a list of eight foods that’ll do the trick ...

Yoghurt : Yoghurt works well especially in summer, as it is light and digests easily. says doctor and wellness expert, “Yoghurt or any dairy product is rich in tyrosine which increases the serotonin level in the brain.” She simplifies this for us, “Proteins increase neurohormone in the brain which eases stressed nerves and calms you down.” If plain yoghurt bores you, try the ready-to-scoop-up, fruit flavoured version. Strawberry, blackcurrant, litchi and mango are some popular flavoured yoghurt.

Dark chocolate : Dark chocolates are nothing short of a delicacy, they send our taste buds spiralling. But there is more to dark chocolate such as lowering stress hormone levels and improving other stress-related bio-chemical imbalances. Agrees food and nutrition expert, Tivoli Garden Hotel, “Our body requires a fair dose of antioxidants, and in chocolate the antioxidants come in the form of flavonoids. Besides, the flavonoids are maximum in dark chocolate.” Chocolates also go a long way in enhancing mood. Explains Chef, “Chocolates are good aphrodisiacs, also known as ‘love chemical’ which is a mood stimulant and booster. They contain phenethylamine - a safe natural ingredient that is released in the brain when positive emotions such as falling in love are experienced.”

Citrus fruits : Any fruit of your choice is good enough. “Fruits have natural sugar which distresses the mind. It is best to go for citrus fruits or any summer fruit. Besides, the natural sugar in fruits is very healthy for the body. Make any one meal fruit rich, and you will feel the difference in your energy levels,” says Doctor

Almonds : Almonds not only promote shiny mane, but also work as stress relievers. Elaborates Chef, “Almonds are packed with vitamin B2, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. B vitamins and magnesium are involved in the production of serotonin, which helps regulate mood and relieve stress. Zinc fights some of the negative effects of stress, while vitamin E is an antioxidant that destroys the free radicals related to stress and heart disease.”

Herbal tea : Black tea or herbal tea checks calories, and at the same time betters your mood. Justifies Doctor, “Chamomile tea, jasmine tea, tulsi tea and other herbal variants of tea do wonders to our system. The herbs act like medicine in calming and relaxing our mind.”

Fish : An abundant source of Omega 3 fatty acids, fish contains important B vitamins, particularly the renowned stress fighters B6 and B12. “In fact, B12 is one of the most important vitamins involved in the synthesis of the ‘happy’ brain chemical serotonin; a vitamin B12 deficiency can even lead to depression. Seafood contains high amount of zinc which relives one from stress,” reasons Chef.

Broccoli : Broccoli is such a happy, green vegetable. It works magic when added to pasta, rice, salad or simply sautéed with mushrooms and baby potatoes. But did you know the vegetable had stress-busting properties? “Broccoli is chock-full of stress-relieving B vitamins including folic acid, which is also part of the B vitamin family. Folic acid helps relieve stress, anxiety, panic, and even depression. It is also high in fiber content which is helpful in treating constipation and the loose stools associated irritable bowel syndrome which is one of the long term effects of stress,” says he.

Garlic : Outside of keeping vampires at bay, garlic eases tension and stress, and reduces glucose levels in the body. If you are not sure about how else to include garlic in your diet, pickle it. Garlic pickle lives long and tastes good with quick snacks, rice . Shares Chef, “The development of hypertension is implicated by a state called as oxidative stress where our body produces reactive oxygen species much higher than its antioxidant capacity. Garlic is rich in antioxidants and helps restore these antioxidants which in turn soothe our stress levels.”

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Postby tankee » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:15 pm

I do not know of food that beats stress but my favourite stress buster was in the past running and now playing with my DS.

Playing or spending some quality time with loved ones is a good way to beat stress.

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Postby asheybrns » Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:48 pm

Living life to the fullest is the best way to tackle stress. Always having a positive approach and being lively are some of the things that could help you control stress apart from the food and exercise. There are many other ways to tackle stress but until you don't have a good approach and the urge to score it would not be fruitful.

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Postby HyperKiasu » Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:38 pm

yes stress is in the air...
even pre-schoolers are under stress according to my son's PD...

some other way to beat stress:
listening to soothing music,
practice moderation like yoga, taiji...

anything else?

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Postby mathsparks » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:34 pm

If parents can lower their expectations of their kids, a huge portion of stress would be taken away...both from the parents as well as the kids.

I eat regularly all the stress-busting foods (except almonds), plus lowered my expectations of both kids, and I meditate and yoga too but still can't help feeling stressed over my mum.
:cry: :(

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Postby Blobbi » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:35 am

Uhh, ice-cream?

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Postby HyperKiasu » Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:08 pm

mathsparks wrote:If parents can lower their expectations of their kids, a huge portion of stress would be taken away...both from the parents as well as the kids.

I eat regularly all the stress-busting foods (except almonds), plus lowered my expectations of both kids, and I meditate and yoga too but still can't help feeling stressed over my mum.
:cry: :(


in chinese saying:
每家有本难念的经

not easy to de-stress completely....
different ppl respond differently to stress....

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Postby HyperKiasu » Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:09 pm

Blobbi wrote:Uhh, ice-cream?


haha, my favorite food.
any favorite food that can help to de-stress then is a food that do the tricks

:celebrate:

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Postby jingle_ding » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:18 pm

Yup. I agree as well..

Not about food.. Lavendar also do a good trick. The scent will help you to relax and be more calm.

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