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5 Stress Busting Foods

Shivangana Vasudeva , NDTV, Modified: July 02, 2014 17:31 IST

5 Stress Busting Foods Feeling cramped or down in the dumps? Find it hard to switch off at the end of an exhausting day? Does exercise and meditation only leave your nerves jangling?

If the answer to the above is a definite yes, then we have some have great news for your stressed souls!

All you need to be armed with is some good food to fight off the stress. We aren't suggesting that you eat yourself happy with a tub of ice cream but you'll have to agree that food can be a great stress busting mojo.

5 everyday foods piling in your kitchen cabinets that you might want to trade your mood-boosting pills with.

1) Oats: Mornings are the most stressful hours of the day, undoubtedly! A bowl of oats and some fresh fruits finished off with a drop of honey, breakfast that will keep your mood swings and restlessness, throughout the day, in place. Oat meal boosts positive energy as it is considered to be a serotonin enhancer, a chemical that makes you happy.

Oat Recipes


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2) Lentils: Cook up some home comfort and smoothen your worry lines with the ever-so versatile lentils. Lentils are packed with all types of Vitamin B, nature's own happy pill. It helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Lentils also stabilize the blood sugar and fire-up your energy levels. Sneak it into your diet to calm your tired muscles.

Lentil Recipes

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3) Banana:
We know that bananas are rich Vitamin C but do you know that it a great stress fighting nutrient?  It helps to repair the cell damage caused due to stress. Bananas are packed with potassium which maintains healthy heart muscles. Go ahead, grab a banana and recharge yourself!

Banana Recipes

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4) Yogurt: Soothe your senses with the goodness of yogurt. Yogurt is packed with calcium which is a superstar in slashing stress.  It has been studied that the 'good bacteria' found in yogurt helps to kill anxiety and depression. Cool down with a comforting bowl of this natural stress-cleanser.

Yogurt Recipes

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5) Coconut: Squash the stress with coconuts. The water, the flesh, the oil or the butter, all of the coconut is trending and for good reason. Coconuts contain medium chain fats that improve our metal health and infuse positive energy.  The scent of the coconut is known to have a psychological effect that helps diminish anxiety and slows our heart rate. The sweet, pleasant fragrance of the coconut augments alertness and tones down the 'fight or flight' response when faced with a stressful situation. Amazing, isn't it?

Coconut Recipes

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Beat the blues with ease because nirvana is just a bite away!

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High Stress Can Increase the Risk of Stroke

Small Spells of Stress Can do Good to Your Skin

The Contrarians on Stress: It Can Be Good for You

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