Stress Relief and Natural Mood Enhancers
Stress relief can sometimes appear to be something of a holy grail - you seem to be continually bombarded by negative people, too much work, not enough play and a feeling that everything is getting on top of you.
If you are looking for a way to relieve stress, take a close look at your diet and consider how it can elevate your mood and help to manage your stress.
Certain foods are natural mood enhancers. These include:
Dairy products. Dairy is high in protein and so help to improve a physical response to stress. You can take dairy in milk or cheese and expect less physical problems due to stress as well as enjoying a lighter mood.
Fish. Fish that is rich in fatty acids, such as salmon, is good for the body as well as the mind. We all know that fish is considered "brain food," but fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids is a natural way to treat depression. There are studies that indicate that people who suffer from depression related to stress have low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in their body;
Strawberries. These can help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, which can cause stress. Strawberries are a natural way to stabilize your mood and they are a lot tastier than any kind of SSRI medication;
Spinach. Folic acid is vital to good health and spinach is high in this B vitamin. Studies have also indicated that people who have low levels of folic acid are more prone to depression. Folic acid has a tendency to increase serotonin naturally, which is precisely the way that medications to treat depression work on the brain;