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How to Eat Organic to Keep Your Stress in Check
How stressed do you feel right now, at this very moment?
If you’re like most Americans, or even Westerners in general, you feel high levels of stress much of the time.
According to research by Statistia, the percentage of Americans frequently experiencing high stress remains common, with little variation over the years. Just see this chart to understand the percentage of respondents experiencing high stress from 2012 – 2017:
So that brings up the question: how do you manage your stress?
While you can’t control the stress that happens to you, you can control what you do about it.
Do you sit in front of the TV and eat a bowl of your favorite ice cream?
Or, do you find healthier ways to manage your stress?
Eating organic can certainly reduce your stress. However, it’s important to not view it as a “magic pill” solution. Simply eating organic won’t “cure” you of all your stress.
And no matter what you hear from advertisers, nothing does.
Organic food helps. And combined with other healthy lifestyle habits, like exercise, you can keep your stress levels much lower.
Here’s some organic foods that help you melt your stress away:
Research has found depression has a link to low levels of folic acid. Asparagus boosts folic acid.
And you don’t need to eat a lot of it. Just one cup daily gives you ⅔ of what you need. Asparagus can be delicious on its own with just a little butter melted over the top, and perhaps some pepper.
Or, it works as a nice side to your favorite meat, fish, or poultry dish.
Mexican food comes loaded with opportunities to eat lots of avocado. Stress and anxiety can be heightened with lower vitamin B levels.
Avocado is loaded with vitamin B. Plus, avocado also naturally reduces your blood pressure.
It actually tastes great on its own. But you can also use it as a spread.
The humble blueberry is much like David in a fight versus Goliath. Though small in stature, blueberries just beat the daylights out of stress.
It’s because they’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. These two substances repair and protect your cells.
Add blueberries to your favorite yogurt or cereal…or just eat them on their own.
Milk? Yes. Milk!
Poor milk gets completely forgotten today, in spite of its abundant availability. It’s high in antioxidants and B vitamins.
Milk’s potassium actually has a relaxing effect on tense muscles. For maximum effect, drink a warm glass before you go to bed.
So, that’s what you should focus on to reduce your stress. Remember, this will help, but not totally cure, your stress. To keep your stress as low as possible, live an all-around healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, and plenty of rest, while also avoiding unhealthy lifestyle habits.