Stress ages you inside and out. It even creates that dreaded smile lines on your face. We all have been through it at some points in our life, and when we’re hit we naturally will find ways to reduce the stress level. Some might channel it into something productive like art, but some might find a less healthy way to cope like eating calorific foods: The stress eaters! Are you one of them? Stop! Here are 8 healthier snacks that are way better choices than those calorific foods when you’re stress eating!
Based on a psychopharmacology study in Germany, vitamin C reduces stress and normalizes your blood pressure and cortisol level after a stressful situation. Vitamin C also boosts your immune system!
Apricot is high in magnesium, which contains an anti-stress substance and also helps relax our muscles and heart. Do we need to say more?
Have a hankering for carbs or something sweet? Rather than indulging yourself with calorific chocolates or full-fat creamy desserts, opt for sweet potato instead! Sweet potato is a sweet tasting carbohydrate that’s also high in fiber so it will be digested much slower, hence it’s better for your body. Sweet potato is also high in beta-karoten and other good vitamins!
ALMOND, PISTACHIO, AND WALNUT
People under stress are more prone to illness. That’s why it’s advisable for them to eat almonds that contain high level of vitamin B & E to boost their immune system. Pistachio and walnut on the other hand can help reduce high blood pressure.
Turkey meat contains L-tryptophan amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin in your brain that makes your body feels better and improves your overall mood. This is why people feel more relaxed after eating turkey.
Lack of magnesium in our system can cause headache or even migraine and fatigue. One cup of spinach will provide 40% of your daily requirements of magnesium.
Salmon is high in omega-3 essential fatty acid. A study from Diabetes & Metabolism found that omega-3 stabilizes the level of the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline
Monosaturated fat and potassium in avocado helps reduce high blood pressure. The national Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that one of the best way to keep our blood pressure at a normal and healthy level is by making sure that the potassium level in our system is sufficient.
First published in www.fimela.com. Translated and edited by Gold’s Gym Indonesia.