Bellevue Nutrition | Stress Fighting Foods

Chronic stress often reduces serotonin, our body’s ‘feel good’ hormone. In turn, low serotonin levels can negatively impact sleep quality, memory, appetite, and mood. The foods listed below may not reduce your stress per say but could be extremely helpful in reducing depression, insomnia, anxiety and cardiovascular disease ~ all associated with chronic stress.

Turkey, shrimp, dairy, soy, and pumpkin contain high levels of tryptophan, which helps boost serotonin levels.

Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and asparagus are high in folic acid, which also boosts serotonin production.

Dairy, sunshine, and foods high in vitamin D boost serotonin.

Oatmeal and other complex carbs can stimulate our brains to produce more serotonin.

Oranges, grapefruits, red and green peppers, and many other fruits and veggies are high in vitamin C, which helps lower stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. This, in turn, can ease the feeling of being stressed.

Crunchy veggies such as carrots and celery don’t help fight stress, but the crunchy sensation that occurs while eating them can provide mechanical stress relief ~ and be a better choice than chips for the same effect!

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