Stress levels through the roof these days? Lots of people feel this way, but it turns out, eating certain foods can naturally ease stress. Psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey explains, “Instead of thinking of food as ‘stress eating’ or ‘guilty pleasures,’ we can think of using food to shape how we experience stress.” Adding these food suggestions to your plate may help you live in a state of calm in 2021, and who doesn’t want that?
- Be open to oily fish – Anchovies, sardines, herring, trout and salmon are high in stress-busting omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA. Research shows Omega 3 fats may help reduce symptoms of anxiety, protect us from depression and regulate how our bodies handle stress.
- Consume more vitamin C – Load up on red and green bell peppers, oranges, grapefruit and kiwi, which are full of vitamin C. Studies have shown high doses of vitamin C has antidepressant effects and improves mood and may reduce anxiety, too.
- Choose healthy carbs – They can help boost production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s responsible for happiness and well-being, plus it has a calming effect and promotes sleep and relaxation. But stick with carbs like whole grains and veggies, not processed snacks and sweets.
- Fill up on fermented foods – Yogurt, kombucha, pickles, miso and sourdough bread are fermented and contain friendly bacteria known as probiotics, which can reduce stress and may also ease social anxiety symptoms as well.
- Munch on magnesium-rich foods – If you’re stressed out, your magnesium levels can become depleted, and that can raise stress hormones. So eat plenty of leafy green veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes that are high in magnesium.