While many people embrace this time of year and get ready for family gatherings, huge meals, and other holiday goings-on, lots of people also experience increased levels of stress. Maybe it is the planning. Maybe it is the traveling. Maybe it is the fear of an awkward encounter with your third cousin. Whatever it is, stress seems to be prominent this month and the next. However, there are things you can do to manage stress, and enjoy this time of year with the ones you love. One of these things involves eating the right foods to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. Sounds great right? Read on to learn more!
This super food is packed with vitamins, including E and B which help support a healthy immune system (to fight off cold and flu season), and help improve your mood. Almonds also contain magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can cause fatigue and other symptoms of stress, so pop a handful of almonds to keep them at bay!
This one is not too hard to come by this time of year anyway, so having your fill of turkey should be easy to do. Turkey contains tryptophan, which breaks down in to seratonin and creates those feelings of calm. Choose naturally raised, local turkey, and avoid overdoing the dressing as well. Other than that, go ahead and enjoy the benefits of this lean protein!
When stressed, chamomile tea can be the perfect option to calm you and restore your mood. Studies have shown that the powerful tea actually reduces anxiety in those with a related disorder when utilized for at least 8 weeks. On top of that, chamomile can also help you fall asleep faster, and since sleep is crucial to fighting stress, this tea serves as quite the asset.
As a complex carbohydrate, oatmeal helps the brain convert and distribute mood-boosting hormones in the brain. In addition, the fiber will satisfy your hunger for the long haul, so you can avoid cravings and holiday overindulgence. Warm up a bowl for breakfast instead of grabbing an oatmeal cookie at lunch though, as the added sugar can throw insulin and cortisol (the stress hormone) out of whack.
These brightly colored foods not only contain more vitamin C than regular oranges (to promote healthy immune function), but they are also in season during the winter, making them readily available. In addition to benefitting the immune system, research also shows that vitamin C can help manage the stress response by lowering blood pressure and cortisol.
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Story Credit: 10 Foods That Fight Holiday Stress by K. Aleisha Fetters
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