The food we eat literally tells our body what to do, how to respond and how to feel. Here are some foods that cause stress, and some that help to reduce it naturally.
THE BIG CULPRITS
While caffeine, sugar and alcohol have different effects on us all, having them in large amounts or on the regular can create a stress response in the body.
Caffeine increases nervousness and anxiety, and can cause physical symptoms like trembling hands, elevated heartbeat and an upset stomach.
Causes quick insulin spikes and drops. Insulin drops can cause cravings, irritability and stress as well as general fatigue.
Once its effects wear off, alcohol reduces the level of the feel-good hormone serotonin in the brain. You may experience increased anxiety levels for a whole day after heavy drinking!
BEAT STRESS THROUGH FOOD
Food can make us feel better, literally. And no, I’m not talking about sugar-laden desserts or deep-fried snacks.
Here’s a list of nourishing foods that also have mood-boosting and calming properties.
CHAMOMILE & MATCHA TEA:
A warm cup of tea reduces stress hormones and also helps with more restful sleep. Add to your evening winding down routine.
Yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and kaanji can increase healthy gut bacteria and in turn, reduce anxiety.
FISH, EGGS, ORGAN MEATS:
Foods rich in vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids are great for cellular and brain health + increase mood-boosting hormones.
GINGER, GARLIC, PARSLEY, TULSI:
Herbs and roots that contain calming properties, and are easy to consume daily.