Feeling stressed? Add these foods to your diet!

Feeling a little stressed? Are your cortisol levels raised? I feel you, I’ve been there and definitely have those weeks where I’m going non-stop. When we get stressed our adrenals release the stress hormone cortisol, and having a spiked cortisol level can slow your metabolism, weaken your immune system, make you extremely fatigued and spike your blood sugar. With the holiday’s coming up, our days can get a little more busy, so here are some foods to add to your diet to combat the stress and help you enjoy your times!

Foods high in omega 3’s– Salmon, walnuts, eggs, flax seeds, chia seeds, brussel sprouts and oysters. Eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation and help fight negative effects of stress hormones on your body. Including these in your diet will help with your mood and keep you full with heart healthy, metabolism boosting fats!

 

Magnesium rich foods– Dark chocolate, spinach, avocado, bananas, legumes (like beans, lentils) pumpkin seeds, quinoa and nuts. Magnesium can help calm your nervous system, relax your muscles, help with pain relief and help with cellular energy production! Boosted energy and mood? Count me in!

 

Adaptogens– Maca, Chaga, Ashwagandha, Reishi, Cordyceps, Holy Basil and Ginseng. Adaptogens are a class of plants that combat and fight stress in your body, they “adapt” to what your body need. Adaptogens help heal your overworking adrenals when you are stressed, and get your body back to normal! I will do a different post on adaptogens because they are so important and there are too many benefits to not talk about!

 

These are just a variety of foods that you can try to include into your diet during these busy times! I will write another post on ways to combat stress that don’t involve food, so stay tuned for that!

Happy Tuesday! xo Sav

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