Constant talk about stress-relieving techniques in this day and age is no coincidence; sadly, people these days tend to stress over many different things in their daily lives. The anxious way we live is far from healthy and considerably affects one’s overall well-being.
All this stress and anxiety means that people can’t relax properly not even after they’re done with things that were the primary cause of these negative feelings. That said, aside from the usual stress-relieving tactics, it’s also important to provide your body with as many healthy and mood-boosting nutrients as possible. This means that the following foods should undoubtedly find a way to your meal prep and diet!
When you hear about omega 3 fatty acids, you probably think of fish. However, these healthy and rather beneficial acids can be found in flaxseeds in abundance. Moreover, the deal is rather tempting for those who simply dislike fish. Not only do omega 3 fatty acids protect your heart and generally aid your body’s fight against cardiovascular problems, but they also successfully reduce the anxiety levels. As these also boost digestion, flaxseeds are ideal diet addition for calming your body and mind. It’s easy enough to eat them with oatmeal for breakfast, but you can also use them on cookies/bread and in smoothies.
2. Super mushrooms
Super mushrooms do exist and, as their name suggests, can make your stress and worries go away like a true superhero. There’s no just one kind of super mushrooms. These include Reishi, Siberian Chaga, Cordyceps, Maitake, Shiitake and Lions Mane mushrooms. The biggest power these mushrooms possess is their stress-fighting ability, but they also improve cognitive health and boost energy levels. Of course, you can use super mushrooms superfood like you would prepare other mushrooms, but their effect is doubly amazing when you use them as a powder extract and an addition to your regular meals.
You might think that oranges are too common for this list, but the fact of the matter is that people have been ignoring oranges in recent years due to the considerably faster choices among exotic fruit. However, as a go-to snack when one is sick, oranges are rich in Vitamin C, which makes them the perfect food for boosting your immune system and general health. What’s more, Vitamin C is known to reduce the constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness, thus improving the mood and energy. As Vitamin C lowers your stress hormone levels, make it a point to add “an orange a day” to your meal plan. This shouldn’t be too difficult as oranges can easily become a part of many recipes in your cookbook.
4. Bone Broth
Again, bone broth is one of those superfoods that not many people rave about and yet it can do wonders for your health and mood. Essentially, the existing link between the gut and the brain connects the depressive and anxious behavior with gut issues. And, as you can imagine, grass-fed bone broth is one of the ideal solutions when it comes to calming and healing your gut, and, at the same time, calming and healing your mind.
5. Chinese herbs
Don’t hesitate to visit the Asian market close to you as you should be able to find the “miracle” herbs known for their beneficial health properties. For starters, Ginseng, Dong Quai, Schisandra, Ho Shou Wu, and Astragalus should be your top 5 go-to herbs when looking to boost your health and mood. In general, these herbs can be taken daily as tonics or mixed with food. Every herb has its own specific characteristics but they are all used to prolong one’s life and improve the quality of it. These herbs are known to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system and provide overall wellness for the person taking them.
You may not be able to find all the foods mentioned above at once, but that shouldn’t stop you from gradually introducing different items to your diet that will work their magic and make your body and mind stronger. Hobbies and meditation are very important for stress relieving, but we often forget that you are what you eat, and your diet can successfully win the fight against the daily stress and anxiety for you. In that respect, try your best to meal plan and prep in advance so that there’s less chance for you to succumb to junk food, which can only stress you out even more.
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