Stressed? Achieve Internal Balance with These Foods

Have you had several hectic days? Are your work and family requiring more from you each day and you don’t know what to do? Stop for a moment and take a deep breath. You are stressed out and it is time to recognize it. Your body is undergoing a series of biochemical changes that are affecting your health, thus you need to take measures before it is too late.

It’s important to be aware when we are under stress and pushing towards the limit of our strength. With the first signs of stress, we also need to know how to establish better coping strategies. Remember that, in addition to adequately managing all those negative emotions and understanding which are our true priorities in life, it is important to also “care for ourselves from the inside” and learn to achieve internal balance.

To help you relieve stress naturally, we want you to discover which foods should never be missing from your diet from this day forward. Take note!

1. Say yes to nuts

This is something you should always remember: being in a state of stress can lead to biochemical changes in our brain. This explains why we may become obsessed over certain things, see things from a negative standpoint and even why a prolonged stressful situation often leads to depression.

There are some foods that help to counteract these biochemical changes and nuts are one of the best allies to do this. Do you want to know which nuts are the best?

• Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts: these nuts are very rich in vitamin B, which has the incredible property of improving moods. What it does is regulate the secretion of serotonin in our brain, a very important neurotransmitter that helps to improve the communication between our neurons. If there is a deficit or an imbalance, increased anxiety, nervousness, sleeping problems…

You should eat 2 walnuts, 3 almonds and 5 hazelnuts each day. It would be best to eat them in the first few hours of the day.

2. Bananas

Doctors and nutritionists consider bananas as the best anti-stress fruit, they’re ideal for fighting the daily anxiety that we usually suffer. We will explain their main properties below:

• Bananas are rich in vitamin A and vitamin B, which help to balance out many of the neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which is what makes you feel stressed.
• In addition to being very rich in calcium and magnesium, bananas are, above all, rich in potassium. Thanks to this element the electric charge of the neurons is regulated, avoiding any alterations which can increase nervousness and cause the heart to beat faster or cause the body to be more sensitive to certain stimulants.
• Bananas are also rich in tryptophan, a type of amino acid that helps us to synthesize proteins, to regulate the levels of serotonin and, most of all, to help balance the levels of the hormone melatonin, which is very important in order to synchronize the cycles of wake and sleep.

3. Dark chocolate

Were you hoping that chocolate would be on this list? Yes it is! However, it is necessary to clarify that we are talking about “dark chocolate with no sugar.”

Remember, whenever you feel stressed, it is ideal to carry about an ounce of dark chocolate with you in your bag. In addition to being delicious and filling, it can help you in these areas:

• Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and phenylethylamine, a precursor to serotonin that, as you know, will help you to regulate the brain chemistry that stimulates anxiety and negative thoughts caused by stress.

4. Salmon

Salmon is ideal for dinner. If you prepare it in the oven with a good amount of lemon juice, some asparagus and a little steamed broccoli, you will enjoy a dinner that is both healthy and appropriate to treat your stress levels. The reason for this is based on the following aspects:

• Its omega 3 fatty acids, which, in addition to fighting inflammation, will help reduce the level of cortisol in your body. As you know, this hormone is what causes an alteration of many of our vital organs, an elevation of the heart rate, tension, digestive problems, etc.

It would be good to eat salmon or another type of oily fish, such as sardines, two or three times a week. According to numerous studies, this type of food, which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, can reduce our stress level up to 20%.

5. White yogurt

Natural yogurt, without sugar, is one of the best natural probiotics. It is very appropriate, for example, to eat it for breakfast mixed with some pieces of fruit or nuts.

• Probiotics help to reduce all types of inflammation and regulate our digestion and intestinal tract, which, as you know, usually become altered when we are under stress.
• In addition to this very important fact, we cannot forget that yogurt is very useful for the nervous system, since it is rich in proteins and helps synthesize tryptophan at the same time. This amino acid, as we have mentioned before, helps to regulate the levels of serotonin.

So, don’t forget to include all these foods whenever you feel stressed and try to achieve internal balance!