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4 Superfoods For Stress Relief

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A woman eating a bite of chocolateYou’re overwhelmed, overtired, and in desperate need of some mental and physical nourishment. You’re stressed. What can you do beyond throwing in the towel and hiding under the covers? Thankfully, you can relieve stress by eating certain foods and avoiding others.

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One of the keys is avoiding things that will give your body and mind real highs and lows like caffeine and alcohol. You don’t want to intake a lot of stimulants or a lot of depressants when you’re stressed. Skip that sugary snack you crave when the stress builds up. Sugar causes your blood sugar to spike and then fall quickly, which can make your energy level dip. Then you’re low energy and stressed and that’s not a good picture.

Not to worry — there are many foods you can eat that will help with your stress levels. Chill out by adding these four foods to your daily diet.

1. Fish

To keep stress in check, add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. These essential fats may help moderate stress hormones and protect against depression. You could pop a fish oil supplement, but the most delicious way to get them is through food. For a steady supply of feel-good omega-3s, aim to eat three ounces of fatty fish at least twice a week or a handful of walnuts every day.

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