It’s fair to say we’re all feeling stress that little bit more in the current climate, what with the cost of living and everything that’s going on in the world it’s difficult to not be a little dampened by the doom and gloom.
However, there is plenty you can do to try and ease that, and that begins at mealtimes.
Too many people are heading towards the brink of collapse through stress, overworking and even these days addiction, and diets are being affected by it. But for those that have stumped up for the cost of rehab, what they’ll find is that eating a healthy, balanced diet is so important in maintaining a happy life.
So, what are the ingredients you should be adding to your plates to ease stress?
Chickpeas are a pretty common ingredient, but what many people don’t know is that they’re jam-packed with stress fighting vitamins. In chickpeas you’ll find magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, zinc and B vitamins, while they also include L-trytophan, which essentially regulate your mood and help reduce those negative thoughts that are taking over our brains.
Broccoli is well known for its health benefits, and have even been proven to lower the risk of certain cancers and mental health disorders.
It’s the magnesium, vitamin C and folate that help combat depressive symptoms however, while it’s also rich in sulforaphane, which also have antidepressant effects.
What’s more, broccoli is such a versatile ingredient that can elevate all manner of dishes.
While it may not aid the smell of someone’s breath, garlic can boost your body’s first line of defence when it comes to stress. Garlic increases the levels of glutathione in the body, with the antioxidant designed to combat stress.
Parsley is a herb that works well with so many dishes and it’s packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants aid in stabalising free radicals and combat stress while it’s also found to be an ingredient that can help in reducing inflammation, which is often associated with chronic stress.
Salmon, along with other fatty fish like mackeral, sardines and herring are rich in omega-3 fats and vitamin D, which are scientifically proven to improve your mood and reduce stress levels.
Often it’s found that those who do suffer from anxiety and depression are low in omega-3, so it’s absolutely important to get some fish on your plate and and reduce that risk of stress and anxiety.