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Superfoods that Squash Stress

Life has a way of getting the best of us some days.  Whether it’s working too many hours, 
shuffling your kids all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or 
dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, 
emotionally, and spiritually.  But there are simple steps you can take to combat 
stress, starting with the foods you eat.   

 

Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is a good start when life’s particularly stressful.  
Stimulants and depressants like these can both zap your energy and rob you of 
the fuel you need to successfully cope with tension.  Sugary foods should also be 
avoided as well, as they cause your blood sugar levels to spike then dip rapidly, 
which can in turn make your energy levels spike and dip at the same rate.   
 
However, there are several superfoods out there that provide you with the 
energy and nutrition your body needs to keep stress in check 
 
Asparagus, which is high in folic acid, can help level out your moods. Folic acid 
and vitamin B are key players in producing serotonin, a chemical that gets you 
into a good mood.   
 
And though we may hear negative things regarding red meat, it’s actually a wise 
dinner option for a stressed-out family. Beef’s high levels of iron, zinc and B 
vitamins not only help get you into a good mood, but help you stay there as well.  
Your local butcher can help you select lean cuts for the healthiest options  
 
Milk really does a body good. Chock full of calcium, protein, antioxidants, and 
vitamins B2 and B12, it helps strengthen bones and promotes healthy cell 
regeneration.  Paired with a healthy whole-grain cereal choice in the morning, 
low-fat milk is a great way to start your day and arm yourself to do battle with 
the stressors that await you.  Cottage cheese is also another great dairy choice, 
and when coupled with a fruit that’s high in vitamin C, it helps the body battle 
free radicals that run rampant during your most stressed periods.   
 
Almonds are also an awesome choice when it comes to arming yourself against 
stress.  They’re high in magnesium, zinc, as well as vitamins B2, C, and E and 
unsaturated fats, all which are great warriors against free radicals.  
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