A proper diet and intake of certain foods can help you fight everyday stress. We are aware of the fact that stress is the main enemy of both health and good looks, but many of us just accept it as it is without making any effort to confront its harmful consequences.

However , the exposure to the stress contributes to negative effects on our health. There are many ways to reduce tension and one of the most relevant is a healthy food choice.

This is a list of foods which, if consumed regularly, reduce stress and improve our overall health.

Celery

Celery has a wide range of soothing effects. Studies have shown that consuming four celery stalks a day can reduce blood pressure, which is one of the first symptoms of stress.

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Garlic

Garlic has been used for thousands of years because of its antibacterial, antiviral and antidepressant properties. These properties will help reduce inflammation, affect blood circulation, maintain the balance of blood sugar levels and stimulate body detoxification. All of these properties are the symptoms of stress.

Leafy vegetables

Leafy vegetables are: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Chinese cabbage and horseradish. These vegetables contain sulfur compounds that stimulate enzymes that are important for stopping and preventing the spread of cancerous changes.

Oily fish

All kinds of fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, trout and sardines, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium and zinc, all of which have a beneficial effect on brain function, heart health and they also reduce stress.

Chamomile

It is known that chamomile tea helps with insomnia, nervousness and stomach problems. Chamomile also increases levels of hippuric acid and prevents infection (the same substance can be found in cranberries and blueberries).

Chocolate

Even before the Europeans even began to put sugar in chocolate, the Aztecs propagated bitter cocoa taste because of its positive effects on a human health. Studies have shown that 40 g of dark chocolate a day can help a person cope with stress, releasing the happiness hormone in the brain, known as beta-endorphin.

Walnut

This fruit is rich in vitamins B, zinc, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids – nutrients that body burns when we are upset. As a source of healthy foods, nuts reduce appetite as well as desire for sweets, balance blood sugar level and help a normal metabolism functioning.

Olive oil

Olive oil is the main ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. It has been proven that it can help prevent depression and helps with inflammation. There is certain evidence that oil protects against oxidative stress which is the major cause of heart diseases.

Berries

Berries are rich in antioxidants that help blood circulation, brain functions and prevent premature skin aging, often caused by chronic stress. Berries also contain a type of acid – a substance that helps remove toxins from the body and regulates cholesterol and hormones in women.

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