Stress

With a global pandemic, many of us have been experiencing increased amounts of stress for a long time. Although there are many ways to manage stress, one way is through food! Specific foods can support your body and provide valuable stress relief. Foods associated with relieving stress include:

•Green tea: contains L-theanine which promotes feelings of calm.
•Leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain magnesium which helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
•Oily fish: the omega 3 fatty acids are thought to reduce excess cortisol, and help you feel less anxious.
•Eggs: the choline found in eggs is needed for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine that helps with good mood and reduced anxiety.
•Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium, zinc and potassium which are all excellent at managing stress symptoms.
•Turmeric: the curcumin found in turmeric may boost your happiness and pleasure hormones of serotonin and dopamine.

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

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