6 Healthy Foods That Help You De-Stress

FOOD  |  October 17, 2016
  • 1. Berries
    1 / 6 1. Berries

    Studies show that when you’re stressed, your body needs more vitamin C in order to repair and protect cells. One of the best ways to get a quick boost? Nosh on berries. All of them – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries – can do the trick.

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  • 2. Walnuts
    2 / 6 2. Walnuts

    These little marvels boast an essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, plus polyphenols, which can help keep cortisol and adrenaline in check.

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  • 3. Oysters
    3 / 6 3. Oysters

    Oysters aren’t just for sexy time. They’re also full of zinc, which has been shown to modulate the brain’s and body’s response to stress. One serving of six oysters has more than half of the recommended daily allowance of zinc (50 grams).

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  • 4. Avocado
    4 / 6 4. Avocado

    B vitamins are said to be good at lessening anxiety. Feeling frazzled? Snack on fresh avocado slices. Bonus: The fruit is also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium which can help lower blood pressure.

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  • 5. Black Tea
    5 / 6 5. Black Tea

    Skip the coffee and make yourself a cup of black tea. In a study by University College London, subjects who drank black tea four times a day for six weeks had lowered cortisol levels after an upsetting or intense event or situation.

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  • 6. Dark Chocolate
    6 / 6 6. Dark Chocolate

    Chocolate produces endorphins. Look for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 per cent or higher to reap the benefits.

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Finder website.

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