Food To Eat That Will Calm You Without Those Empty Calories

April 24, 2018

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No doubt that your day is stressful and although we tend to shy away from eating away our emotions, some foods can actually help you unwind and without all the empty calories.  It is true that your body craves sugary, salty and carb-heavy foods during times of stress, when your fight-or-flight responses kick in to quickly fuel you. But when you get stressed out, instead of seeking out chocolate covered popcorn, look for foods high in magnesium, such as bananas, spinach, figs, almonds, and beans.  Magnesium helps relax constricted muscles and many experts say we don't get enough magnesium.  Also look for foods that helps boost your brain's production of the neurotransmitter GABA, which acts like a messenger to regulate different bodily functions, including stress reduction. GABA rich foods include hummus, oolong tea, and shrimp. Anti-inflammatory foods can be a natural remedy for anxiety, which is the root of stress. Anti-inflammatory food include things like leafy green veggies, blueberries, pineapple, salmon, and walnuts. To improve anxiety symptoms, make sure to add vitamin B foods, magnesium-rich foods, foods high in calcium, and omega-3 foods to your diet like eggs, kefir (a fermented milk drink), grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, and unrefined grains.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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