by Lynann Dunker
We’re always looking for ways to relax, be happier and avoid stress. Here are a few foods which help us:
Swiss Chard is high in folic acid. Research indicates that all green, leafy vegetables are high in this nutrient, which if low in your body, can lead to depression.
Dark Chocolate with its cocoa flavanols increases feelings of contentedness and calmness. These plant-based nutrients offer significant relaxation benefits.
Eggs provide essential fatty acids that increase our natural production of serotonin. Low serotonin is linked to depression, insomnia and fatigue.
Almonds boost magnesium levels which are essential for brain health. Magnesium can be low in most modern diets.
Lentils is another depression-fighting food rich in the amino acid L-tyrosine.
Pumpkin Seeds pack a punch with both zinc and L-tryptophan. The two are both natural mood boosters.
Oatmeal is not only a great source of fiber, which stabilizes blood sugar levels, but it also contains high levels of magnesium to fight anxiety and depression.
Honey, a natural sweetener, also provides a calming agent. Maybe that’s why a cup of hot tea with honey before bed leads to a good night’s sleep.
These and other natural whole foods keep us sane, calm and able to face the day’s stress.