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Which Food Can Help Us Have a Stress-Free Life?


Although we are all very different, more or less we are all facing the same health-related problems. The truth is, and I think we can all agree on that, that in-depth knowledge about modern medicine is not necessary to be able to take care of your body and soul, although it certainly has its advantages. In my opinion, what we actually need is to listen to our body, and, on the other hand, to balance our emotional life.

When it comes to stress, today, without any doubt, no one is enjoying a stress-free life. Whatever the cause may be, we are all easily provoked by “the little things” we do not agree with, we all find ourselves in uncomfortable situations, and we all, from time to time, battle with our emotions. In a word, we need to be able to find the mechanism that can help us resist those situations. Easily said than done, right? It does not have to be like that.

The most common stress fighters are regular exercising, meditation, aromatherapy treatments, different types of massages, and even hobbies and quality time spent with friends and family. The truth is that these mechanisms do not have the same effect and result on every person. Then, what can help everybody? The answer is in stress relief food.

Although there is nothing mysterious about the food, most of us eat it every day, the fact that we do not know its power and benefits takes us one-step back from the right strategy to combat stress. We need strength and energy, in particular all those minerals, vitamins, fibre, and acids, to be able to control stressful situations.

Let us see what food can help us stay strong, positive and creative.


The best thing about nuts is that you can actually buy them everywhere; moreover, you do have plenty of choices. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, nuts, hazelnuts, just pick one and you are on your way to rejuvenate your body and to keep your strength and energy.

For instance, almonds are rich with magnesium and zinc, the minerals our body needs. On the other hand, vitamin E and vitamins B12 fight different diseases, and release the body from free radicals that can cause very serious illness. Walnuts are a great snack; they help lower the blood pressure. Sunflower seeds are rich with folic acid that helps produce dopamine, the neurotransmitter that is associated with the feeling of pleasure.

Brown rice

Brown rice is a very popular macrobiotic food; it is a great source of fibre, and B complex vitamins, which are natural mood stabilizers. Because it is a slow burning carbohydrate, brown rice can help with sustained energy release. With brown rice, you can reduce the level of cortisol. This hormone is realised in response to stress, and the very first threat it poses is the increase of the blood sugar. In order to control the level of cortisol, remember to include brown rice in your every day nutrition.


Fruit is another perfect food to combat stress. For instance, oranges and lemons are great food to increase your intake of vitamins, especially vitamin C. The importance of this vitamin is due to its ability to stimulate thyroid hormone secretion, and to improve the ways of folic acid, tyrosine and tryptophan. When it comes to fruit that is rich with vitamins C, we certainly have great choices: blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, grapefruits, pineapples, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, lemons, papayas and mango. Just pick one, and increase your energy and boost your immune system.


Vegetables are vital for healthy life. Due to the rich content of minerals and vitamins, vegetables such as broccoli, celery, spinach, asparagus, and mushrooms, should be mandatory in nutrition. Asparagus, for instance, is high in folic acid that can influence on the mood stabilization. Spinach, on the other hand, is rich with vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E and K, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The importance of the vegetables is also seen in the production of serotonin, a chemical that is associated with happiness and positive thinking and behavior.

Dark chocolate

Many researchers proved the impact that dark chocolate has on stress relief. One bar of dark chocolate a day can do miracle. Due to the certain chemical compounds, dark chocolate is a powerful food that has the ability to decrease the levels of stress hormones, and to rebalance other important chemicals in the body that are important for stress control. Dark chocolate also lower the level of the well-known “fight to flight” hormone, corstesol, which can be very harmful for overall health. These sweets produce endorphin, a natural pain reliever, and influence on the level of serotonin, which fights with mood swings and aggression.  

Remember that alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy life style do not have any benefits when it comes to stress control and emotional balance.

Whether one opt for aromatherapy treatment, meditation or massage as a mechanism to fight stress, the proper healthy nutrition is necessary. It seems that the nature always gives us strength and stamina to improve our lives.

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