In today’s society, we thrive on performance, competition and even (naively) perfection, which can lead to an increase in stress. The damage that stress causes is often underestimated and although we can’t avoid all stress in life, we can reduce its impact. By learning how to nurture our body’s natural state of balance, we can combat the role of stress in our lives and mental wellbeing. Unhealthy eating patterns can heighten stress levels and potentially increase your risk of health problems in the future if you don’t address them. According to the June review in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, a well-balanced and nutritious diet was likely the single most important ingredient for good health. Changes to our diet can play a hugely supportive role in helping the body cope with unavoidable daily stress.
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Following an anti-inflammatory diet high in antioxidants, fiber, and low in processed foods, and refined sugars, will help your body to combat stress hormones like cortisol. It will also help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. In particular, certain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients can help your body cope with and recover from stress.
Some of the top stress-fighting nutrients include: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, Zinc & B vitamins (all found in our Daily blends http://fitdelis.com/collections/bundles/products/the-fit-bundle).
Top 5 Stress-Relieving Plant Based foods:
Greens like spinach and kale are filled with an abundance of folic acid, a nutrient that helps maintain normal levels of serotonin.
Cashews are a great source of zinc, a mineral that plays a contributory role in managing our body and brain’s responses to stress.
Blueberries have some of the highest levels of an antioxidant known as anthocyanin. But all berries are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to be helpful in combating stress.
Oatmeal is a fiber-filled source of carbohydrates (which also increase levels of serotonin) which stimulates a feeling of calmness.
Artichokes are especially rich in the antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid. Studies suggest that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of chlorogenic help fight stress.
The message here is not to necessarily make an overnight overhaul of your diet but instead takes the steps to introduce more plant based, wholefood ingredients: be 1% better, daily!
Sam & Tom
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Five Healthy Habits to Combat Stress
Our busy, modern lifestyles are pretty non-stop and whilst being productive is great, sometimes everything can get on top of us and leave us feeling stressed. Aside from making life that bit more difficult, stress can build up and eventually – when it becomes chronic – have some pretty nasty effects on our health. Incorporating healthy habits into your everyday is your best defence against the harmful effects of stress. Read on to discover our top four tips to stress less!