Diet and stress

 
How can diet help in reducing stress?
Stress is accompanied with increased cellular activity and poor digestion, leading to deficiency of nutrients in the body. A diet rich in nutrients can help. Nutritionists recommend a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, consisting of 60 to 75 percent of the food. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and flavinoids, which are effective in fighting stress.
Fresh juices and soups also help in boosting immunity. Garlic, ginger, and alfa-alfa are quite effective.
Anti-Stress Foods
Dieticians believe that not only is the kind of food taken is important but also the way in which it is taken is important in determining its health benefits. For fighting stress, the best way is to take lots of anti-oxidant rich foods and foods rich in minerals. Dieticians suggest that consuming these food items in small portions five to six times a day will help in fighting stress.
 
Oatmeal breakfast: Oats are good for fighting stress. Try taking oats for your breakfast for a good day.
 
Chocolate: Chocolates stimulate brain to produce endorphins – chemicals that brain produces to fight stress. Dark chocolates are known to stimulate more production.
 
Coffee: Caffeine is known to suppress stress. But more than two cups of coffee per day might harm your body and increase your heart rate instead.
 
Besides good eating habits, most doctors also recommend moderate exercise or meditation to scare away the stress!

Green vegetables: Eating a mix of green vegetables is a good way to consume sufficient minerals and fight against stress.

Milk: Milk is a rich source of calcium and contains minerals – magnesium and potassium- which help in fighting stress.

Fish/ Nuts/ Sunflower Seeds: Fish, Nuts and Sunflower seeds are also very effective in keeping your mood good and help you to fight depression.

Besides good eating habits, most doctors also recommend moderate exercise or meditation to scare away the stress!