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Foods That Relieve Stress

The American Psychological Association reported that in 2010, 40% of Americans reported either overeating or eating unhealthy foods in direct response to stress. When you’re super stressed your cortisol levels rise and it is true that cramming your face full of cookies or chomping down on french fries can make you feel better initially because cortisol causes food cravings. Although your favorite ice cream may soothe you immediately, ultimately this will result in more negative feelings like irritability or mood swings on top of the stress you were trying to get rid of to begin with. But, when your cortisol levels tell you need something this second, there are foods that you can eat that can actually help you to relieve stress, feel calm and help you to feel focused and balanced so you can tackle stressful situations head-on.

Avocados

Avocados
Technically a fruit, avocados are often considered a source of fat, so it’s best to eat this stress-busting food in moderation. One of the potential problems when overindulging in unhealthy fats and sugars is more oxidative damage, and a substance, glutathione, in avocados specifically blocks the intestinal absorption of these fats. In addition to glutathione, avocados contain beta-carotene, lutein, folate and vitamins B and E. A serving of avocado is roughly ⅓ of the fruit and you can eat this is so many ways. Mash some with fresh chopped cilantro, onions and tomatoes and a squeeze of lime juice for a healthy, stripped-down guacamole or simply slice some thinly and add to your favorite sandwich.

Berries.

Berries
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries…take your pick. Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C and a German study indicated that vitamin C is helpful in the fight against stress. In the study, researchers asked 120 participants to give a speech and then complete difficult mathematical problems. The participants who have been given vitamin C had lower blood pressure and cortisol levels (two indicators of stress) following these exercises than participants who had not been given vitamin C. Berries are delicious on their own, in healthy smoothies or on top of your favorite Greek yogurt.

Dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate
You may have reached for chocolate before when you were feeling particularly stressed and ended up regretting doing so. This is most likely due to the variety of chocolate you decided to eat. Milk chocolate is loaded with extra sugar and it’s easy to polish off an entire bag of milk chocolate candies pretty quickly. The resulting sugar crash probably only made you feel worse. Good news, you can continue to eat chocolate during times of stress if you choose dark chocolate and enjoy it in moderation. Dark chocolate lowers your blood pressure, which leads to feelings of calm. Additionally, dark chocolate contains two important types of antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols, that are helpful to your overall health. Keep a few squares of dark chocolate in your purse or in a drawer at work and enjoy when you’re feeling particularly stressed. Remember that moderation is important, though it is easier to curb the amount of dark chocolate you eat because it is so rich tasting. Stick with dark chocolate that is 70% or more cacao to get the full stress relieving benefits of this sweet treat.

Reaching for food during periods of stress is a completely normal response in both men and women, but it often is done in an unhealthy manner. Training yourself to choose the right foods when you feel frazzled can help to reduce levels of stress, increase feelings of calm, help you feel energized and keep you focused so that you can meet your challenges head on.

Vitamin C Rich Foods – Vine Vera Reviews

Now that you know how important vitamin C is to both your body’s internal processes and your complexion, you might be wondering how best to receive it. We mentioned in our last post that you can definitely apply vitamin C topically in order to help fade sun damage and reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin. However, you can also head to your kitchen when you want to reap the benefits of vitamin C.

Closeup of strawberries and sliced pineapples.

Fruits
Possibly the most famous fruit for vitamin C is the orange. You know that oranges are high in vitamin C, providing collagen boosting benefits and a healthy immune system. But if you don’t feel like scarfing down oranges all of the time, there are plenty of other fruits that are vitamin C rich.

Tropical fruit lovers will be pleased to know that pineapple is a fruit with a high vitamin C concentration. Papaya is also a fruit that contains tons of vitamin C. A one cup serving of papaya contains 88.3mg of vitamin C while a serving of pineapple contains 78.9mg. Mangoes are another tropical fruit that contains vitamin C and beats out oranges, pineapples and papayas in the level of vitamin C it contains. A serving of mangoes contains 122.3mg of vitamin C and is also a great source of vitamin A (which works well in conjunction with vitamin C). Slicing up a kiwi and eating it will result in you getting about 70mg of vitamin C.

Strawberries are also an awesome source of vitamin C with a one cup serving containing almost 85mg of vitamin C. For a super dose of vitamin C, slice up your favorite fruits from this brief list and make a delicious, and nutritious, tropical fruit salad.

Salad with bell peppers and olive oil

Vegetables
Most people associate oranges, and other citrus fruits, with vitamin C, but there are tons of vegetables that can add a great amount of vitamin C to your diet. Red and green bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C:  a cup of chopped red pepper contains three times the amount of vitamin C than an orange does with 190mg of vitamin C being in one cup of chopped red bell peppers. Green bell peppers are also a great source of vitamin C as they contain about 120mg in a one cup serving.

One of the most buzzed about vegetables recently is kale and with good reason. A one cup serving of kale provides twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and seven times the amount of vitamin K. When it comes to vitamin C, a one cup serving of kale provides you with 80mg, roughly the recommended daily amount for adult males and females. Your mother probably told you to eat your broccoli as a child, and you should definitely heed her advice. A one cup serving of broccoli is just 30 calories and contains over 130mg of vitamin C in addition to being rich in fiber.

When it comes to getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, you can easily accomplish your goal through your diet. A fresh fruit salad for breakfast and a snack of broccoli in the afternoon will easily have you getting the amount of vitamin C that you need for beautiful skin and a healthy body.