Stress-Busting Foods

Heading to the fridge when you're stressed can be smart—if you choose your food wisely, says Gillian McKeith, holistic nutritionist and best-selling author of "You Are What You Eat" cookbook. She highlights the perfect foods to eat in order to stay cool, calm and collected



    Preliminary research into antioxidants in berries called anthocyanins shows they may inhibit brain chemicals that are involved in depression and anxiety. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all good sources.


    Research has found that those fed a diet low in the omega 3 essential fats showed more signs of stress than those in the control group. Besides avocados, good sources of these fats include hemp/flax and pumpkin
    seeds as well as oily fish.

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    Chemicals in oregano have been found to have positive effects on brain chemistry and may enhance mental well-being. Oregano can be added to sauces, soups, stews and casseroles.

    Eat Whole Grains

    Vegetarians appear to have significantly less negative emotions compared to omnivores. Plant foods include whole grains, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, fruit and vegetables.


    Dietary calcium has beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure. Dried fruits such as apricots, figs, prunes and raisins are all high in calcium.


    Having low tryptophan levels affects mood and may increase the urge to binge eat in some women. Bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

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    Research has found that quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples, cherries, grapes and red onions, affects brain chemicals involved in anxiety, with a potential calming effect.
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