Today is a lovely day. In fact, in Ukraine it is a holiday. It is called Den Svyatogo Mykolaya which means Day of Saint Michael. Since my father’s name is Mykola (Michael) I used to get some presents from him. However, today is a different day. I am not in Ukraine anymore, but in a different state. I am here, in the US. In fact, many people are preparing for Christmas/New Year routine and try to meet all their work deadlines and often experience some pressure during those last working days before those “big” days. Therefore I decided to write a few words about de-stress food today.
Among the most actively used de-stress kinds of food is dark chocolate. In fact, it helps to release dopamine, a chemical that has a connection with a feeling of pleasure. It can be advised to consume one ounce of dark chocolate per day which is normally considered to be the recommended daily amount.
Vitamin C foods like oranges, kiwi, papaya etc. are great for immune system and also they help to lower cortisol levels. Those levels are strongly undesired for us due to their abilities to increase blood sugar and possible immune system suppression. Black tea has similar properties to those of Vitamin C foods due to its ability to reduce levels of stress hormone cortisol.
Oatmeal releases serotonin that in turn regulates appetite and mood. Additionally, it helps to keep cravings in check regulating our desire not to overeat.
Interestingly, milk is also a great asset for such issues. Skimmed milk contains tryptophan that in its turn creates seratonin. The latter makes people feel relaxed and sleepy. That’s why many people consume a glass of milk before going to bed.
It also can be suggested to eat food that reduce pain and swelling. Among such kinds of food are walnuts, cabbage, yogurt, salmon, cauliflower etc.
Those foods are very easy to find since they are available in any store so just feel free to purchase such foods when you have some free time. It is always a good idea to have de-stress items in our fridges.
Do you know any other foods that may help to deal with stress?