Foods To Help You Relax:
When you feel anxious have you noticed yourself going to the fridge, opening the door and just staring at what’s in there, looking for something but not really sure what? It is probably not just something you do when you are anxious, you could be angry, frustrated, sad or hormonal, but the fridge will be where you head. What you are doing is an automatic response to your brains demand that you satisfy a craving to help you to scale down your anxiety or emotional state.
Our brains really do know when we are stressed and will prompt you to find something that will help alleviate the state you are in. This has a lot to do why people do what they refer to as comfort eating. But rather than just eating the first thing that you lay your hands on there are some foods that will start relaxing you faster than others.
Savoury Foods To Choose
Soup: There are lots of reports that relate to the healing powers of soup, especially chicken soup. Soups that are made with chicken stock really are the best option as they assist your body in clearing out the toxins, helping you to recover from illness and infection. Adding some green chilli or spring onions will also have a beneficial effect on the body’s nervous system. Hot soups have a much more beneficial effect than colder varieties and the thinner the soup the better it is.
Cheese: Cheese has a similar type of calming effect on the brain to what milk and eggs do. For the best results choose varieties of cheese that are especially rich in protein such as cottage cheese, ricotta, cheddar or gruyere.
Seeds & Nuts: Nuts are chock full of magnesium, zinc, selenium and B vitamins which are all great for brain function and will help you to relax into sleep. Almonds are not only full of vitamin E they are also full of tryptophan which aids in the production of serotonin. A handful of almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts is the best possible mix to have.
Sweet Foods To Choose
Honey: Natural honey is wonderfully relaxing as it is rich in tryptophan, which combined with the potassium it contains works doubly hard to make sure you start to relax. Add a spoonful of this incredible natural foodstuff to your cereals, oatmeal, in your warm milk, on a slice of toast or in your sandwich.
Dark Chocolate: Like many of the other foods that have been discussed here, dark chocolate is high in tryptophan which as we know is related to the manufacture of serotonin in the brain. Chocolate is also known to have a beneficial effect on endorphin levels, and the levels of dopamine in the brain which enhances the mood. Eating just a small portion, maybe a chunk or two of dark chocolate every day can have a beneficial effect on stress levels. To take the healthier option, opt for a dark chocolate that is high in cocoa content.
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