Eat to Beat Stress

Shivangana Vasudeva, NDTV  |  Updated: September 26, 2017 13:01 IST


Stress is the fastest way to trash your health. We all have it but how we handle it makes a difference. You'll find some of the best anxiety cures right in your kitchen pantry. When we say comfort food, it’s not the cheesy and the chocolaty that straighten those worry lines. But some simple ingredients with certain nutrients do. Yes, you might want to trade your mode-boosting pills with these everyday foods.


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


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 them into your diet to calm your tired muscles.(Recipes)


Banana: Bananas are rich in Vitamin C which is a great stress-fighting nutrient. It helps repair cell damage caused due to stress. Also, the potassium that it contains helps in maintaining healthy heart muscles.(Recipes)


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. (Recipes)


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 mental 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. (Recipes)


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