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A to Z of Foods, which help you DE-STRESS

In this guide we look at the fifteen foods that do the most to help you de-stress, feel calmer and better able to face the world.


De-stress food

Almonds are rich in vitamins B2 and E, which boosts the immune system when stressed.


Asparagus contains folic acid, which helps to boost good moods.


Avocado is high in Vitamin B, which is needed for healthy nerves and brain cells, and helps to relieve states of anxiety. Monosaturated fat and potassium help lower blood pressure.


Beef has high levels of zinc, iron and B vitamins, which help to stabilise mood swings.


Blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which protect and repair cells and combats the effects of stress on our bodies.


Citrus fruits contain Vitamin C, which helps reduce stress levels, and boosts the immune system.


Dark chocolate lowers levels of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines, and releases endorphins (happy hormones) in the brain.


Fatty Fish – salmon and tuna’s – high nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids increase serotonin, which help prevent stress-hormone surges, heart disease, depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and anxiety during pregnancy.


Milk warmed before bed helps insomnia. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins B2 and B12, protein, calcium and potassium.


Nuts and seeds’ high nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids increase serotonin, which help prevent stress-hormone surges, heart disease, depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and anxiety during pregnancy.  Cashew nuts and sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts the making of serotonin, which helps to reduce stress.


Oatmeal contains complex carbohydrates that help to boost the making of serotonin. It contains magnesium and potassium, which are calming and help lower blood pressure.  Spinkled with cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar.


Oranges are high in vitamin C.  They help boost the immune system and take stress levels down.


Spinach’s magnesium content helps regulate cortisol levels and combat stress-related fatigue and headaches. It’s fibre boosts energy levels.


Sweet potatoes and carrots have fibre and complex carbohydrates, which can boost the making of serotonin.  Both vegetables are sweet so will help stave off sugar cravings.


Turkey, cashew nuts and sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts the making of serotonin, which helps to reduce stress.

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