A lot of people tend to overeat if they’re tired, bored or depressed. But visiting the kitchen or raiding the fridge may be a good idea after all if you pick the right foods. In the same way that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, experts said that some foods can affect your mood and help you beat stress.
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To understand what I’m saying, here’s a short guide to popular foods that can give you health and happiness:
Oatmeal - a bowl of oatmeal can help you conquer the trials of the day and make you feel as if you’ve just swallowed a Valium. The reason? When you take carbohydrates, your body brings the amino acid tryptophan to the brain to create serotonin, a neurotransmitter that relaxes you and helps you fight stress. This is why dieters who don’t take starches often get angry, tense, and depressed. But don’t just feast on glazed doughnuts. Pick fiber-rich carbs like whole-wheat pasta or beans. Your body will digest these foods slowly and serotonin will flow steadily.
Pistachios – is stress driving you nuts? Consume a handful of these nuts to fight stress. Pistachios have fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids that lower blood pressure. A study revealed that consuming only 1 1/2 ounces of these nuts lowered stress in people taking a math test.
Milk - a warm glass of milk will put you to sleep and has enough protein to reduce anxiety and frustration. Researchers found that the calcium in milk likewise reduces muscle tension and keeps your blood pressure at healthy levels. So before you sleep, drink warm milk with cocoa powder and a natural sweetener. This will help reduce stress.
Avocado - this delicious fruit has monounsaturated fat and potassium to control high blood pressure. Monounsaturated fat also makes brain receptors a lot more responsive to mood-enhancing serotonin. Consume half an avocado a day to overcome stress.