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Life can throw stresses at you from all angles, whether it be family, friends, work or a combination of everything! Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to reduce your stress and anxiety levels simply by adding some extra super foods into your daily diet! Here are our top five stress reducing super foods:
One of the all-time best superfoods, leafy greens such as kale and spinach are amazing sources of folate which produce dopamine, the chemical in your brain that enhances your mood making it a great ingredient to incorporate into your meals during particularly stressful times. You can also get an added daily boost of greens with our Organic Revitalising Greens!
Another superfood that is shining at the moment is avocado, a great source of healthy fats as well as potassium, which will help to keep your blood pressure down in times of stress.
Of course, chocolate is always the go-to in anxiety-ridden moments! When kept to one to two squares of 70% dark chocolate or above, the benefits are amazing! Not only does it reduce stress hormone cortisol, it is also known that "the antioxidants in cocoa trigger the walls of your blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation. And finally, dark chocolate contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria similar to the feeling of being in love!" (source).
Green Tea and Chamomile
Sipping on a hot cup of tea is soothing in itself, however by opting for Green Tea or Chamomile, you'll also be able to reduce stress and anxiety. While Chamomile increases relaxation by binding GABA receptors in your brain, Green Tea contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that enhances relaxation and can also be found in our Accelerated Fat Burner and Brain Boosting Complex!
The final super food that is amazing for combatting stress and anxiety is flax seeds. They contain omega-3 fatty acids and convert serotonin into melatonin, helping you get a better sleep, as well as reducing cortisol and blood pressure! They are also super easy to incorporate into your diet, just sprinkle them on top of salads, pastas or into smoothies!