There are common techniques like taking deep breaths or meditation to lower stress, but did you know some food can help with stress reduction as well? There are stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in our body that is can harm our body over time, and comfort food such as a bowl of warm oatmeal can raise calming hormones serotonin to counteract the stress hormones. Serotonin, a feel-good chemical produced by our brain according to WebMD, can also be boosted by the consumption of carbohydrates. Since complex carbohydrates are more slowly absorbed, it can help prolong the brain’s duration in making serotonin.
Some studies also linked Vitamin C as one that can “curb levels of stress hormones”. Observations have it that those who have taken Vitamin C before doing something stressful have their blood pressure and stress hormones level return to normal quicker.
There are may other foods and drinks that has shown the ability to reduce stress levels, it can be a great discussion with your doctor next time you and your loved ones is visiting.
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