Eat these stress-fighting foods and STAY AWAY from refined carbs like sweets, white breads, pasta and sugary fizzy drinks. Consuming these will result in a surge of glucose into your bloodstream, and when your blood is already loaded with glucose because of stress, adding more to the pile is an invitation for insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes to come knocking at your door.
Better carb choices include whole grains and fresh vegetables—these provide a slower, more even and steady supply of glucose.
Here are some foods that can give your body a helpful boost to counteract the harmful effects of chronic stress:
1- Fatty Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, can help prevent surges in stress hormones and protect against heart disease, mood disorders like depression, and premenstrual syndrome.
2- Almonds: Almonds are loaded with helpful nutrients. There's vitamin E to boost the immune system, plus a range of B vitamins, which may make your body more resilient during bouts of stress and help counteract depression.
3- Avocados: High blood pressure is often the result of too little potassium—not necessarily too much sodium. Avocados can help you get the potassium you need—half an avocado has more potassium than a medium-sized banana. In addition, guacamole offers a nutritious alternative when stress has you craving a high-fat or high sugar treat.
4- Spinach: Too little magnesium may trigger headaches and fatigue, compounding these effects of stress. Spinach is an excellent source of magnesium, along with other leafy greens like silver beet and collard greens, salmon, beans and pumpkin seeds.
Collard greens (collards) is the American English term for various loose-leafed cultivars of Brassica oleracea, part of the Acephala group (The cultivar group name Acephala "without a head" in Greek refers to the fact that this variety of B. oleracea does not have the usual close-knit core of leaves - a "head" like cabbage) which also contains cabbage and broccoli. The plants are grown for their large, dark-colored, edible leaves and as a garden ornamental. They are classified in the same cultivar group as kale and spring greens, to which they are genetically similar. The name "collard" is a corrupted form of the word "colewort" (the wild cabbage plant).
5- Black Tea: Research suggests black tea can help you recover from stressful events more quickly. One study compared people who drank 4 cups of tea daily for six weeks with people who drank a tea-like placebo. The real tea drinkers reported feeling calmer and had lower levels of cortisol after stressful situations.
6- Other high protein, stress recovery foods: Like avocados, organic steak, eggs and cheeses can help during stress-induced cravings.