Stress is essentially a series of hormonal signals in your body that impact your emotions when you're exposed to threats. Control these internal triggers, and you’ll be able to fight it. How? Through healthy food.
Experts believe that a nutritious diet, over time, can help build your defences against stress because your gut health is closely linked to your mental state. Fill your fridge with these healthy pick-me-ups so you always come out strong when pressures rise.
This article on Electrolux Indonesia suggests 5 stress relieving foods including fruits, nuts, drinks, and so on to keep in your fridge to maintain a healthy mental state.
Symptoms of stress
Stress is an unavoidable part of today’s hectic life. Everyone responds to stress differently so it's important to know what the common symptoms are and how we can handle it.
The most common symptoms of stress include but not limited to:
- Headaches or dizziness
- Muscle tension or pain
- Stomach problems
- Chest pain or a faster heartbeat
- Difficulty concentrating or feeling like your mind is going blank
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
- Eating disorder
- Sleep disruptions: sleep too much or too little, unsatisfying sleep
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However, if the condition continues or even gets worse than you have ever experienced previously (for instances, having thoughts about harming yourself or others), you’d better consult your doctor immediately.
While handling stress is no easy task, we can actually choose high-nutrition foods to help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety naturally.
5 best stress relieving foods to try
Bad stress can negatively impact your life, both mental and physical. Here’s a list of food that you can include in your diet for a healthier body and mind.
Omega-3 fatty acids naturally stimulate serotonin — a happy hormone produced in the gut to boost your mood. It’s usually found in mackerel, salmon and shellfish.
Fatty fish is loaded with the goodness of Omega-3, which is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) provides two essential fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In fact, EPA and DHA help in reducing inflammation and promoting healthy brain function. Also, fatty fishes are also a great source of vitamin D.
If you do not enjoy seafood, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are also an excellent source of fatty acids.
A blood sugar crash can induce fatigue, anxiety or brain fog. Balance your blood sugar levels by eating fruits and vegetables packed with fibre so you can productively power through the day.
Nutrient-rich foods like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts can help lower inflammation in the body, which in turn can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Much like vegetables, it’s also encouraged to eat more fruits to relieve stress. Don’t forget to add anxiety relief fruits such as apples, plums, and berries to your diet when you feel anxious.
The gut produces the same happy hormones as the brain does. Keep it healthy to lower your stress levels by supplying it with good bacteria from fermented food. Stock up on all your probiotic pick-me-ups — a big jar of kimchi, a tall bottle of kombucha, or small cups of yogurt.
Yogurt and other fermented foods are popularly known as brain calming food. They also help in brain development and are great for relieving anxiety. Eating yoghurt helps in reducing chronic inflammation, which are responsible for anxiety, stress, and depression.
Chocolate helps in instantly lifting your mood and can also avert anxiety attacks if consumed properly. Chocolate feels like such an indulgence that it can be a real treat to simply savour a piece of it, which can help to relieve stress.
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that can solve the biggest problems. Drink more water to reduce stress because dehydration is linked to a higher risk of anxiety, according to multiple studies. Add lemon slices to your water to give yourself a vitamin C boost — also known to ease stress levels.
Having an organised fridge that responds to your needs can also be stress relieving. Easily maintain the freshness and taste of your food, and remain cool-headed with the UltimateTaste 900 Refrigerator.
The Electrolux UltimateTaste 900 refrigerators are equipped with TasteSealFlex compartment that can easily adapts to the temperature you need. This space offers five temperature pre-sets from -23°C to 7°C, allowing you to expertly store any type of food, from fresh vegetables, to tender meat and fish, or cold drinks and ice-cream.
Plus, whenever you need a refreshing drink, our fridges can give you a glass of ice and water at the touch of a button with AutoIce feature. Visit our section for Frequently asked questions about Refrigerators here to get helpful guidance on how to use your refrigerators properly.
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