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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BEST TEN FOODS TO FIGHT STRESS

Stress can be defined as an emotional and physical strain caused by external factors which result in mental stress symptoms such as tension, irritability, feeling of tiredness, insomnia( lack of sleep), inability to concentrate etc. Most of us are facing the stress in various occasions of life. People manage to overcome it with various techniques such as Yoga, Breath exercise, or by providing mental nourishment. Here in this post, I would like to explain about some foods that can help you to fight stress. I dedicate this post to all house wives and professionals who struggle to find a rapid simple remedy during their working hours.

 STRESS

Coffee
Take a cup of coffee. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a xanthine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug. The work stress can easily over come with an intake of one cup of coffee.

Papaya
Eat ripen Papaya. Cut it into pieces, keep it in refrigerator for 10 minutes and eat it slowly. Researchers at the University of Alabama found 200 milligrams of vitamin C in Papaya, twice a day nearly stopped the flow of stress hormones in rats.

Mango
Eat fresh Mango, which is cut into small pieces. If the Mango is little sour then, sprinkle a pinch of salt over that.

Peppermint Tea
The fresh feeling generated by the odor of Peppermint will act as a stimulant to your brain. Close your eyes and sip a cup of Peppermint Tea slowly.

Dates
Eating fresh ripen Dates with Black Tea, will calm your mind. Dates are rich in potassium content, which are very essential for a healthy nervous system. Research reveals that higher potassium intake of about 400 mg can reduce the risk of strokes by 40%. Moreover, dates are low in sodium content, thereby preventing the blood pressure levels from rising.


Avocados
Avocados is another choice to fight stress. Avocado fat is 66 percent monounsaturated, and gram-for-gram, the green fruit has about 35 percent more potassium than a banana. Monounsaturated fatty acids, and potassium will help to combat high blood pressure. 

Cool Lemon Juice
Drink one cup of cool fresh lime juice, which is a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has proven records as a neuro modulator by releasing into the extracellular fluid of the brain to regulate dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission.

Almonds
The monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E. present in almonds are believed to reduce stress  hormone level in blood.

Water
The magic drink ( excuse me to include this as a food), one glass of pure cool water- Drink it slowly while thinking in mind that your nerves are relaxing slowly and steadily.

Oats
You can control your stress by boosting serotonin levels in blood by increasing the intake of carbohydrates. The intake of Oats will provide much Carbohydrates which will reduce the stress.

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