Feeling a bit stressed lately? Core Power’s nutrition/fitness consultant, Lindsay Cotter explores the best stress fighting foods you should be eating.
By Lindsay Cotter
It seems like a lot of people are dealing with stress and anxiety these days, both physically and mentally. Our bodies are designed for a little “fight or flight” stress but not the ongoing 24/7 kind. When we are stressed, cortisol levels go up, serotonin (the happy hormone) goes down, and that natural adrenaline rush becomes harmful. Leaving our bodies vulnerable to adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, stomach problems, etc. The body responds by literally breaking down. Not good!
I’d say we first need to slow down, put less on our plates, and change our perspective on this whole “busybody” thing. And then there’s food. Can we really use food to improve our mood? I firmly believe so. Food is medicine, real food that is!
So What Stress Fighting Foods Should You Be Eating?
1. Foods rich in B6: Avocado, baked potato (with skin), green beans, bananas, Gluten Free oatmeal, and molasses. B6 helps produce serotonin (happy hormone) which is depleted when you are stressed. Mmm.. did someone say banana? Gluten Free hot oats and banana? Yes please!
2. Foods rich in B12: Chicken, sardines, eggs, cheese. B12 along with other B vitamins help produce GABA, another calming hormone (neurotransmitter).
3. Foods rich in Folate: Lentils, leafy greens, orange juice. Folate helps produce dopamine. Dopamine influences well being and the brain’s pleasure center.
4. Foods rich in Magnesium: Sunflower seeds, almonds, wild rice, and spinach, oh yes, spinach. The beloved green smoothie add in! If you are low in magnesium, you might often get headaches or feel fatigued. Magnesium can also help regulate blood sugar levels and it helps produce GABA.
5. Omega 3 fatty acids: Think salmon! Omega 3’s can help suppress adrenaline production. When you are constantly in a fight or flight mode, you may need this!
This gives me a great reason to throw together what I like to call a “hodge podge” meal: Avocado, lentils, green beans with roasted sunflower seeds, chicken, and baked potato with onion and chive cream cheese.
(Try this stress fighting meal at home and let us know how it goes. Chase it down with your favorite Core Power Gluten Free Protein drink and beat stress!)
What are you eating today? Is it good for your mood? Hope so!
About the author:
Lindsay is a long time Core Power user and fan. Along with being a regular contributor to the fairlife team and the Core Power Tip of the Day, she’s a #FitFluential Ambassador, a nutrition/fitness consultant, and has a passion for Gluten Free cooking. She’s married to pro-triathlete James Cotter. Meet Lindsay at CotterCrunch.com and follow her on Twitter.