College is a very stressful time in peoples’ lives and students often don’t know they can actually reduce stress symptoms by what they eat. I am going to go over a few different moods and provide you with some great food fighting tools to get you through midterms!
Stress: can come from many different sources and effects people in many different ways. If you are feeling worried you likely have high hormone levels of cortisone, fight back with dark chocolate! It will reduce your stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and contains antioxidants. Enjoy in moderation!
Anger: one of the best things to do when your angry is to stop what you are doing and try to relax. One great way to do this is with green tea! Green tea actually contains theanine, which helps to calm, and make you more focused.
Overall bad mood: one of the best things to eat if you are feeling anxious, sad, or irritable is omega 3’s. Research has actually linked Omega 3’s to lessening depression symptoms. So try some salmon or herring!
Unfocused: try eating berries! Berries are high in antioxidants such as anthocyanin and helps with shaper cognition. They are also high in vitamin C, which can lower blood pressure and helps with stress levels.
Check out the Prevention Magazine for more great foods that help fight off stress and moodiness!