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3 foods that help with feelings of stress

Trying to hit an impossible deadline at work? Or finding it hard to unwind after a long, tiresome day? Living in such a fast-paced society can really take its toll on your stress levels, with 85% of UK adults experiencing it on a regular basis.1 In fact, one of the three most common causes of stress is health, with 54% worrying about the impact it is having on their wellbeing.2 Ongoing stress can lead to headaches, increased depression, heart attacks, high blood pressure, insomnia, heartburn and even fertility problems.3

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as it turns out there’s a way to help reduce stress levels – and it involves food! Here are seven to enjoy in moderation.

Avocado

The levels of magnesium in avocados may help control nerves. By supporting your nervous system plus balancing out your blood sugar and pressure, your body and mind should feel more relaxed in stressful situations.4

Dark chocolate

Don’t thank us all at once, but various studies have said that dark chocolate can aid you in stressful situations. The sweet indulgent contains fibre and antioxidants which help prevent cell damage from free radicals. It’s also believed to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure too.5

And it doesn’t stop there. One study has even found that dark chocolate can have a positive impact on brain waves related to memory as well.

Naturally, you should enjoy it as a part of a healthy balanced diet.

Bananas

These curvy yellow fruits are filled with potassium, helping to reduce tension. Bananas also contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which boost the feel-good hormone; serotonin.6 You’ll also be treating your body to a much-needed intake of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). This can contribute to the normal function of the immune system during times of anxiety.

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Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies. Sources
  1. https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/blog/great-britain-and-stress/
  2. See source 1
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#1
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507250/
  5. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180424133628.htm
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077351/