Stress Management through Food

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    It’s not about eating. It’s about using the food to deal with anxiety and stress.

    Food is just a fuel not therapy and there is difference in tapping into a food inherently calming properties and using any food as a kind of emotional anesthesia.

    The daily hassles of life rises cortisol level which causes food craving. As per researchers of the University of California at Sans Francisco Medical Center, in women craving is for sweet food and then cortisol trigger an enzyme in our fat cells. Visceral fat cells have more enzymes than subcutaneous fat cells.

    Stress cause women to accumulate fatter belly. The more is the stress, the more abdominal obesity occurs. There is a lot of food whose consumption can help in reducing the stress level.

    1. CHOCOLATES

    This mood food is the most heart healthy food and its link to the mood is undeniable. As the depressive symptoms increase men and women eat more and more chocolates. To reduce the stress level especially the dark chocolate is consumed as it lowers the blood pressure and contains more polyphenols and flavones.

    1. GARLIC

    Garlic is jam packed with powerful antioxidants. It neutralizes free radicals and reduces or prevents damages of free radicals caused over time. Garlic contains allicin which fends off heart disease, cancer and common cold.

    1. WALNUTS

    Walnuts provide bit of a cognitive edge. It contains alpha – linoleic acid, essential omega- 3 fatty acid and polyphenols which help in preventing memory loss.

    1. CASHEWS

    Nuts are a cure for many cravings. Cashews help in reducing weight and potently satisfy the combo of proteins and fats. It is a good source of Zinc-a, 1 ounce serves 11% of you RDA. Low level of zinc in body kills anxiety and depression.

    1. AVOCADO

    Avocado stress proofs the body and is rich in glutathione. Glutathione is a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage. It also contains Lutein, Beta – carotene, vitamin E and is more foliate than any other fruit.

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