Food is one of the most powerful, natural medicines available that has minimal to no negative side effects. Beyond being a mechanism for supplying energy to the body, food can help prevent and treat illnesses to transform the overall health of the body at every stage of a person’s life. In childhood, there is a big focus on building a healthy immune system whereas, later in life, maintaining stronger muscles and bones becomes increasingly important. However, the need to relax is something that is valid at all stages of life.
Five foods to assist in the relaxation process:
Eating honey, whether on a spoon or spread on toast, is a great way to relax the body and mind. Honey is known to contain high amounts of Tryptophan, which helps to reduce anxiety and calm nerves. Honey is also rich in potassium, which fights off stress hormones in the body and relieves the nervous system.
If you need a quick, calming agent, reach for a glass of warm milk. Like honey, warm milk also contains Tryptophan, which supports the production of Serotonin and helps you sleep ‘like a baby’. If you are unable to warm your milk, cold milk is a fine substitute as it helps to induce calmness and is a great source of calcium for bone strength and development.
For centuries, celery has been regarded a cure for stress, with Hippocrates prescribing the vegetable as a tonic for those suffering nervous tension. Today, nutritionists recognise the daily ingestion of celery as an effective way to lower high blood pressure and maintain steadiness.
4. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate helps to reduce stress as it contains Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins, which help to regulate stress levels. The higher the levels of cacao, the better the outcome, so be sure to reach for a block of dark chocolate with 70% + cacao.
5. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are rich in Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin E and Vitamin B, which make them highly nutritious snacks that help in relaxation when taken in large quantities. Just make sure to avoid eating large amounts of peanuts and pumpkin seeds, as these are high in sodium.
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