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7 Best Food Choices To Reduce Tension

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Food is always on our minds! And it is the comfort people frequently turn to when they feel stressed.

But instead of making you feel better after seeking that comfort, poor food choices make you feel worse, cause weight gain and fatigue.

Foods that are fried, high in salt, sugary, made with white flour, gluten and sprayed with pesticides increase stress on your immune system, organs and cellular function.

So how can you make good and tasty choices that help you reduce tension?

Here are 7 of the best options...

  • Oatmeal - This complex carbohydrate is high in fiber, rich in antioxidants and benefits the brain by causing the release of serotonin. Serotonin is the 'feel good' chemical.

  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables - Kale, spinach, and collards all fall under this category. These are high in folate and aid in calming nerves, increasing energy and help the body produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters.

  • Avocados - Packed full of glutathione, B vitamins, vitamin E, folate and omega 3, this creamy fruit can be added to salads, smoothies and taste great on sandwiches.

  • Blueberries - These little berries are high in anthocyanins, which make them blue. Eating this antioxidant filled fruit also helps the brain produce dopamine, a chemical important for memory, happy moods and movement.

  • Nuts - Choose a variety such as walnuts, cashews and almonds to make a trail mix or munch on between meals to increase your zinc, protein phytonutrients and antioxidants, which can lower blood pressure and support your cardiovascular system.

  • Herbal Tea - A great substitute for caffeine and studies show herbal teas can aid digestion, calm the nervous system, thus reducing cortisol.

  • Dark Chocolate (without the milk and sugar) - This yummy treat has more going for it that its rich taste. It aids in the production of the neurotransmitter anandamide produced in the brain. This amazing chemical temporarily blocks depression and pain and helps you feel good longer. No wonder chocolate is so beloved!

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