Want to get started on lowering your stress? Here is a list of foods that will do just that.
• Whole-grain foods, like other complex carbohydrates, prompt the brain to make serotonin.
• Oranges reduce stress hormones and boost the immune system due to the large amount of vitamin C provided.
• Spinach contains magnesium, which regulates cortisol levels.
• Fatty fish, like salmon and tuna, keep your cortisol and adrenaline levels balanced.
• Black tea balances your cortisol levels.
• Pistachios lower blood pressure and impact stress hormones.
• Avocados contain high levels of potassium that reduce high blood pressure.
• Almonds contain vitamins B and E. Both boost the immune system and help impact stress hormones.
• Raw veggies help in stopping stress mechanically through relieving a clinched jaw and tension headaches.
• Milk contains calcium that reduces muscle spasms, soothes tension and eases anxiety and mood swings linked to PMS.
For more information on stress-relieving foods or to set up an appointment for nutritional counseling, contact Rebecca Lee, registered dietician at East Jefferson General Hospital, at (504) 454-4077.