Foods to help reduce stress

Foods to help reduce stress

Staying calm can mean surviving. Panicking can mean failure. The ability to stay calm in stressful situations is a powerful tool in any preppers arsenal.

In a previous article, I looked at various breathing and meditation techniques to help create a calm and stress-free mindset. But what other ways can we control our stress levels?

One great piece of advice that I love to share is that if you are nervous or scared, whether it be for a job interview, a test or during a shtf event. If you chew gum or eat something it helps calm you down. Your brain tells your body that you would not be eating if you were in danger. Logically this makes sense as we know from the survival rule of threes that we can go three weeks without food. If we were in immediate danger eating would be low down our list of priorities.

Eating has a calming effect on your body so here are some foods that are proven to help reduce stress even further. By adding these to your preps, it may help you stay calmer for longer when it really counts.

• Nuts

High in magnesium which reduces the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body.

• Salmon

Has high levels of omega 3 fatty acids which helps improve brain function meaning you are able to deal with stressful situations more effectively

• Chocolate

Dark chocolate produces a lot of endorphins in our body. It contains more than three hundred different compounds such as anandamide which is a chemical that has very similar effects on the brain that marijuana has and theobromine which is a mild stimulant. These produce strong feel-good emotions.

• Turkey

Contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This is a trigger for serotonin to be released into the body. Serotonin is a chemical that promotes positive feelings.

• Dried Apricots

Like nuts, these are high in magnesium which helps relax your muscles as well as reducing cortisol

• Asparagus

A single cup of asparagus has two-thirds of your daily requirement of Folic Acid. A shortfall in Folic Acid is linked to depression so eating asparagus can make you feel happier and generally more positive.

• Blueberries

Stress causes a need for Vitamin C and antioxidants to help repair and protect cells. Blueberries are full of both of these making them great stress reducers.

• Milk

as well as the added health benefits of calcium, Vitamins B2 and B12. Milk also has a good dose of action. This is a protein that reduces blood pressure making you feel less stressed.

• Alcohol

When consumed in moderation alcohol can be used to relieve feelings of stress. This is because alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It reduces blood pressure and makes you feel more relaxed. Caution needs to be taken when using alcohol as a stress reliever, there is a fine line between being calm and being unable to walk!

• Oysters

1 oyster contains nearly 11mg of Zinc. This helps reduce the release of cortisol in our bodies.

• Camomile Tea

This calms nerves and promotes a feeling of well-being. It also helps reduce nausea and aids sleep. All important to help combat stress.

This is not an exhaustive list but hopefully, there are foods on here that you can look to add into your diet to help keep you in complete control of your emotional well-being. Stress causes problems in everyday life so in a SHTF situation a cool head will be needed even more.

Just be careful that you do not have any food allergies before adding any of these into your daily diet.

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