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Can you Reduce Stress by Eating?

Healthy eating tips to help you reduce stress…

Stress.  There is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress. Stress is an unavoidable truth for all of us and mostly we all believe we are overstressed. Having strategies to overcome ‘bad’ stress and improve resistance to it is very important. One idea is to eat a healthy diet. There are several foods that help relieve stress and they do an even better job of it when we make them a regular part of the diet.

The vitamin C in oranges and other citrus fruits has been shown in studies to support immune function and help calm stress. Magnesium, found in green, leafy vegetables and beets has a soothing effect on a stressed body. Almonds, rich in B vitamins and vitamin E, also strengthen immunity and can give us energy.

In stressful situations, we often want unhealthy foods to soothe us. A better alternative is thehigh-fiber sweet potato, rich in beta-carotene. It fills up the stomach and satisfies hunger well, making the junky treats seem less attractive.

With a sweet, satisfying taste and complex carbohydrates, sweet potatoes knock a sugar craving right out. The fiber in them sustains energy and reduces the need to turn to sugary snacks.

Another magnesium-rich food to choose is dried apricots. Their inherent sweetness satisfies a sugar craving and the magnesium relaxes muscles.

L-tryptophan is a stress-relieving amino acid found at high levels found in turkey. This can have a calming effect and L-tryptophan is essential to the health of the nervous system. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter made in our brains from L-tryptophan, such as that found in turkey. Serotonin mediates stress and prevents depression. Without it, we would never be able to relax. It is good to know that there is food out there to give us this kind of stress support.

There are healthy fats found in many foods and one of the most important types of healthy fat is the omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon and other ‘fatty’ fish contain these fatty acids and they support a calm state of mind, easing the impact of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.

Avocados and walnuts also contain fatty acids that are good for the brain and keeping it steady. By eating healthy foods regularly we can reduce stress in our lives. We can simply check our pantries and buy the right groceries to improve our lives.

So start eating your way to a lower stress day!

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As former “diversion” junkie, turned avid health & fitness enthusiast; Personal Trainer & Life Coach Maddie Jomolca combines clean eating, good exercise habits, and godly behavior….”Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”(1 Corin. 6:19-20)

” Life is delicious!!… And I am so blessed to have an all-loving God who, despite my own negligence, has preserved  my body (health, and mind) and restored my soul by His grace, so that I can, in turn bring others to the same place.” ~Maddie

If you’re in the Cape Coral area, check out and come say “hello” at: Health & Strength Gym

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