What is this thing called stress? Is it possible to have none? The mind ponders and wonders!
Stress is not just that argument you had with your significant other about whether the toilet seat should be up or down, or the toilet roll should dispense over so that the gravitational rotation of the roll will lead to the exact amount of tissue in need! Here’s a tip, as long as its there that’s sufficient! It’s also not when you tell the person that cut you off in traffic they are number one! Sounds like dogs barking, babies crying, construction noises and perfumes and smells can trigger stress. It is a physically quantifiable effect on the human body that is measurable- cortisol and adrenaline being released as well as blood pressure levels rising and acid creation. Our immune system and heart are now at risk!
So apart from exercise, yoga and the like, we can indulge in certain foods to assist in relieving stress.
Some for me include:
Dark Chocolate: research shows eating dark chocolate can help reduce levels of cortisol and catecholamines (hormones associated with stress), especially for those with high anxiety.
Mushrooms: Immune boosting through vitamin D supply, since its winter and my usual 15 minute supply of direct sunlight is an issue.
Nuts: Low levels of Zinc have been liked to anxiety and depression, and since our bodies have no way of storing it, nuts are a great way of addding it in.
Ginger and Turmeric: Both powerful anti-inflammatory in nature. Stress causes inflammation throughout the body, and inflammation is a precursor to almost all of the chronic conditions we seek to avoid, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
Avocados: Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage, which is helpful when dealing with stress-induced free radicals.They also offer antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene and vitamin E — as well as plenty of B vitamins like folate, low levels of which are linked to depressed moods.
AND for my carnivores I should add PORK TENDERLOIN.
Most cuts of pork are high in mood-boosting thiamin, though this doesn’t apply to bacon (sorry). Pork tenderloin, on the other hand, is the leanest cut of pork and an exceedingly excellent source of the B vitamin thiamin. Research shows that improving thiamin status improves well-being, overall energy and friendliness, while not getting enough is linked to bad moods and fatigue. As a water-soluble vitamin, it doesn’t get stored in the body, so it’s important to include thiamin-containing foods in your regular diet.
Vegetarian sources: beans, nuts, seeds, eggs and fortified grains.
Stress slowly ages and kills us, so the next time you have an argument, WALK AWAY and LET IT GO!!!