Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stress Soothing Foods

Stress is the emotional and physical way of responding pressure. It can affect both mental and physical conditions. Stress is already part of our life as it gives spice and excitement of our day to day living but if it gets out of control it may harm to our health, relationships and the opportunity to enjoy life. That is why we need to control it. Some foods can be of great help to soothe our stress. Below are some of the foods that we can easily grab and eaten when we are feeling stress.

1. Avocado – The flesh of this fruit is loaded with two powerful stress fighters which are the potassium and monounsaturated fatty acids. These nutrients can lower blood pressure and helps ward off depression.

2. Black Tea – Drinking black tea may help the person recover from nerve-racking events more quickly and gives a relaxing effect after a stressful task. It can also help increase alertness throughout the day.

3. Fish – It contains Omega-3 fatty acids an essential fat that help moderate stress hormones and protect against depression.

4. Dark Chocolate – Eating dark chocolate can help reduce the stress hormone in people who ate dark chocolate often. Since it has a “not so good for you fat, sugar and calories” it is suggested to eat a few small squares a day just to relieve the stress feeling.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Best Foods to Suit Your Mood

Emotions can affect us in so many ways. That is why we need to know how to handle and overcome those intense feelings that we feel and it can be done through the foods that we eat. Exactly, there are foods which will help to ease and lighten whatever emotions that we have. 


If you’re feeling sad and you need happiness booster, try to eat oily fish. Oily Fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which can help fight off depression, negativity and mood swings. It can also boost your brain health and mood. Fish like salmon and tuna are good sources of vitamin B12 and also help regulate the mood.


Many of us suffer from phobias. However, maybe to blame is our food intake. Research suggests that folate deficiency may be behind the irrational fears and anxiety, so try to intake foods more in folate. One the best source of folate is avocado.


It is a common feeling to everyone. But next time you feel a rage is coming on, try reaching some nuts and seeds to help calm you down. Research shows that Omega-3 deficiency can contribute to aggressive behavior of adult offenders and children with severe behavioral difficulties. Japanese study showed that zinc may ease the anger in women. To ease the feeling try eating walnuts and flaxseeds which contain both zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids.


If you plan for a date and want to get in the mood, try some foods rich in zinc. This is to stimulate the libido and enhance the desire. Foods like oysters, shellfish, pine nuts or pumpkin seeds are the best source of this nutrient.


To make our shy away and boost our confidence, we need foods that contain tryptophan. It is an essential amino acid to make people feel more confident. Good sources of tryptophan include meat (particularly chicken), fish such as salmon and tuna and legumes.


The most painful feeling which many people find themselves reaching for chocolate which is not a bad. Chocolate preferably dark chocolate contains many chemicals to beat the breakup blues, including relaxing magnesium, calming anandamide and mood boosting phenylethylamine.


It is a normal feeling specially if you’ve got a big interview or presentation coming up, instead of drinking coffee tries to replace it with a calming herbal tea. The calming effects of chamomile are so powerful that they have been found to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety disorder.


The most common feeling after a busy day of work, in order to ease the feeling, try snacking on some blueberries. Blueberries are high in vitamin C which can help the body deal with high levels of stress. It is also packed with antioxidants which help to protect the body from its effects.

"Brain Fog "

If you feel confused, unfocused, forgetful or your mind is running slow, give your brain a boost with a cup of green tea or water. Our brain consist of at least 80% of water and by drinking any fluids will help keep it hydrated and function at the optimum level. Green tea also helps maintain alertness by regulating the blood sugar levels and helps protect the brain and cut risk of dementia.


If you’re suffering from a lack of sleep or feeling lethargic, drinking beetroot juice could help revive the energy levels. Beetroot is high in sugar and many energizing nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin C.