Friday, August 29, 2008


If you are snapping at co-workers or feeling anxious about an upcoming social event or just plain cranky, it could be something you ate. Or didn't eat.

Food has a direct effect on your stress levels. According to a March 2008 study, women with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol tend to eat more calorie-dense sweet foods and far less fresh meat, fish and vegetables. A survey launched by the U.K's Food and Mood Project in 2001 showed that people who consume more sugar, caffeine, alcohol and candy felt more stress, while those who ate more vegetables, fruit and oil rich fish, felt the least stressed.

Here is a list that was complied of 7 calming nutrients and the foods they can be found in;

ANTIOXIDANTS-Blueberries, broccoli, cantelope, carrots, citrus, collards, eggs, fish, shellfish, garlic, green peppers, kale, nuts, red cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes and tomatoes

B6-Avocado, chickpeas, peanut butter, prok, salmon, spinach, sunflower seeds, tomato and walnuts

B12-Beef,eggs, lamb and poultry

MAGNESIUM-Almonds, bananas, broccoli, buckwheat, cashews, dates, dried figs, green beans, kidney beans, mangoes, oats, shrimp, soy and spinach

FIBER-Apples, avocado, barley, broccoli, brussels sprouts, dates, green peas, lentils, navy beans, oat bran, pears, prunes, raspberries, spainch, split peas, whole grains

IODINE-Cows milk, eggs, mozzarella cheese, strawberries and yogurt

PROTEIN-Almonds, beef, cashews, cheese, chicken, cows milk, eggs, fish, kidney beans, tofu, turkey and yogurt

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