Believe it or not , there are several foods which can help you manage your stress , cut your cortisol levels and even handle depression.
• Eat walnuts to treat depression. Harvard Science Review published a study by McClean Behavioral Genetics Laboratory citing that walnuts are powerful antidepressants! If you don’t like walnuts, try molasses or sugar beets instead. They have the same benefits. Always consult your doctor first. 1
• Honey is very good for you, since it is a natural antibacterial agent. Many countries use it medicinally to treat burns and wounds, and in the United States, it has been proven to be effective in treating stress, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. Recent reports of honey coupled with cinnamon every day show an improvement in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 2
• Eat 5-8 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, especially brightly colored ones. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Vitamin C has been shown to lower blood pressure and help produce collagen, which keeps skin firm. Blackberries have more than double the amounts of vitamin C, calcium and magnesium than blueberries. Both boost your memory and are great for you! Choose organic ones to prevent pesticide ingestion.
• Eat pistachio nuts to cut inflammation, lower cholesterol levels, and improve your body’s response to stress. Just 1.5 ounces of pistachios provides a boost of energy and can slow the absorption of carbohydrates in the body when eaten together. One reason pistachios are so good for you is that they have large amounts of potassium.
•Have a cup of tea, especially green or white tea, several times a day. Drinking tea reduces stress and cortisol levels. Japanese women who drink lots of green tea live longer.3 Tea improves your concentration and prevents bone loss. A University of London study states one cup of tea can significantly reduce anxiety levels after suffering an upset.4
Whatever you eat this holiday season, be mindful. Instead of those Christmas cookies, have an apple instead. Watch empty carb intake, and instead eat whole grains, which boost seratonin levels “the feel good chemical”. And when you are really craving sweets, work out instead.
1. “Eat your way happy and healthy,” Woman’s World, May 5, 2008, p.12
2. Honey: The index of medical and scientific journals at the National Medical Library in Bethesda, Md.
3. “The Healing Power of Tea,” Ladies Home Journal, Feb. 2009, p.38
4. Alleyne, Richard, “ A cup of tea really can help reduce stress at times of crisis,” Telegraph.co.uk, August 13, 2009