The world we live in today is fast-paced, hectic and therefore highly stressful. Whether it’s the demands of your job, relationships, financial obligations or emotional problems that are the cause of your stress and anxiety, eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise can help you to de-stress. While mild stress can make us feel pumped up and ready for action, chronic stress can put your health at risk and can lead to depression, high blood pressure, insomnia and heart attacks. So, here’s a list of 15 foods that can potentially help combat anxiety and stress.
1. Dark chocolate
We are told that eating too much chocolate can be bad for us, but studies have shown that regularly eating small amounts of dark chocolate is actually good for you and can help to reduce anxiety and stress levels. This is becausedark chocolate changes how our body reacts to stress by lowering levels of the stress inducing hormones cortisol and epinephrine.Dark chocolate is also rich in flavanols which help to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. In milk chocolate flavanol levels are severely diluted so you don’t get any health benefits from eating it.This is great news for chocolate lovers! So next time you’re feeling stressed remember to reach for the dark chocolate rather than the milk chocolate and munch your stress away.