Here is a list of food options that can uplift the mood, relieve bodily tension and bolster resilience against the negative effects of stress.
DARK LEAFY VEGETABLES
Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach are rich in a water soluble vitamin B9 known as Folate. It can
help the body produce mood regulating neurotransmitters such as Serotonin and Dopamine.
Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that can help to keep stress related hormones such as Cortisol and Adrenaline from peaking in the face of a tense situation.
PISTACHIOS & ALMONDS
Pistachios may be able to reduce the impact of stress by helping the heart through artery dilation. Almonds, which are rich in vitamins and minerals can build a strong immune system which can combat the negative effects of being overly stressed.
Blueberries contain an antioxidant known as Anthocyanins which can help the brain increase production of a hormone called Dopamine. Dopamine helps improve memory function and mood.
Dark chocolate (70% cocoa and above) contains a chemical known as Anandamide. It is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that has the ability to temporarily block feelings of pain and depression.
Avocados are rich in vitamin B and can help where there is a deficiency in a body that can cause anxiety. It is also high in monosaturated fats that can help in lowering blood pressure.
By : Alvin Ho
B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)