January 13th, 2017 | Updated on March 13th, 2018
We know you’re stressed out these days. To help calm your nerves, we’ve identified six stress buster foods that will help you managing your stress and after eating these foods you will find yourself stress free.
1. Sweet potatoes
Root vegetables are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates, which can help to boost serotonin production. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your blood pressure and your heart.
Oatmeal is more than just a warm and soothing breakfast item. Eating oatmeal can actually increase the serotonin levels in your brain, making you feel calmer and more centered. This breakfast food is packed with fiber, B-vitamins and magnesium, all of which lower blood pressure, nourish the nerves, brain, and adrenal glands, and stabilize mood by providing a surge of serotonin.
Yogurt is highly nutritious and is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. It’s also well known for being rich with good bacteria [acidophilus], to help stabilize and soothe nervous digestive systems resulting from stress.
Asparagus contains high levels of B6 and folic acid, both of which help boost levels of dopamine a substance that acts as a natural relaxant on the brain. “Both of these vitamins are also crucial in healthy immune and nervous system functioning,” Chung says.
Nuts and seeds are a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which help reduce stress. Walnuts are one of the best sources of Omega 3s. Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production and can take the edge off a stressful day.
6. Black beans
Black beans are teeming with magnesium and other minerals that promote muscle relaxation and lower blood pressure,” explains Chung. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and stress buster. Having a low magnesium level may result in headaches and cramps, and can aggravate an already anxious state. Black beans are also rich in fiber and protein, which stabilize blood sugar.