Deadlines at work, kids on holidays, social calendar out of control...this is when we may reach for a quick fix or a convenient 'excuse' of a meal. The truth is what you eat helps (or hinders) the stress response so by making better food choices you will be better equipped to manage when things get tough. Stress is linked to just about every disease under the sun so it makes sense to minimise it's effect whenever possible.
10 Stress-Busting Foods
1. Berries - high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. During times of stress our body utilises more Vitamin C than usual leading to lowered immunity. Vitamin C has also been shown to assist with lowering blood pressure and cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
2. Dark Chocolate - contains polyphenols and flavonols (healthy antioxidants) and is a proven mood enhancer.
3. Fermented Foods - for example; natural yogurt, kumbucha tea & sauerkraut. We now know that 80-90% of serotonin (our feel good hormone) is manufactured in the gut. Without good bacteria...