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Five Stress-Busting Foods

Midterms, finals, college applications, summer vacation plans, work, work, work! It all adds up to stress, and our natural response to the pressures of a full life.

What you eat during times of stress can either add to it or ease it up. So eat smart and stay on a happier stress-free road.

During stressful times, your diet can actually help you reduce the physical responses to burdens of the pressure.

  • Lower your blood pressure with 1.5 ounces of walnuts daily. A recent study found that consuming walnut oil over a six-week period lowered both resting blood pressure and blood pressure stress response.
  • Raise your serotonin levels to increase your energy and improve your mood by eating oatmeal and high-fiber whole grains.
  • Suppress adrenaline production with omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like salmon. The American Heart Association recommends you eat at least two 3.5 ounce servings every week.
  • Lower your blood’s level of the stress hormone cotisol – and recover from stress quicker – by drinking tea.
  • Regulate your blood sugar level with the magnesium found in spinach. Just one cup of spinach gives you 40% of the daily recommended value of magnesium, which could ease those tension headaches and that anxiety.

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