Showing Stress Who's Boss

Monday, September 19, 2011

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Everyone has felt that anxious feeling starting in the pit of our stomachs and ultimately convincing us that we simply do not have enough time. This reoccurring emotion has a name and it’s called stress. As defined by dictionary.com, stress is the pressure or tension exerted on a particular object. When your body becomes to feel stressed, it reacts by preparing either to “fight or flee” the situation. When this is activated, adrenaline and norepinephrine are released to focus attention on the task at hand.

 Stress can have a severe impact on moods, work quality, and even relationships. It can also cause our bodies to shut down which is definitely not an ideal situation granted the fast-paced world that we live in. All of the negative consequences from stress have an influence on our energy levels. Some may feel completely overwhelmed at times and not have the energy to go to the gym or study as hard for an upcoming exam. However, an article published by Self magazine gives a plethora of foods that can help reduce stress levels. Sushi, rainbow trout, and salmon all contain “anxiety-fighting properties” such as magnesium. Oranges and milk have high levels of vitamin D and calcium which have been clinically proven to lower stress levels. One of the last foods that are examined is broccoli. Broccoli contains folic acid which has also been proven to not only reduce stress, but also decrease the feeling of “anxiety, panic, and depression.” Not only do all of these foods chemically reduce stress levels within our bodies, they also are great, healthy food choices. Double bonus!

Although nothing we eat or do will put an end to all the stress we experience in our life, choosing to eat the foods recommended above may allow us to take a deep breath and evaluate what exactly is stressing us out. 

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