The physical symptoms of stress include headache, low energy, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, stomach upset, body aches, chest pain with rapid heart beat, feeling cold, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing, nervousness and shivering. The emotional symptoms of stress are frustration, feeling overwhelmed, feeling bad about yourself, depressed, lonely and avoiding others.
The cognitive symptoms of stress include racing thoughts, poor judgment, constant worrying, inability to focus, forgetfulness and always taking the negative side of anything. Finally, the behavioral symptoms of stress include changes in appetite, becoming addicted to alcohol/ drug/ cigarettes, avoiding responsibilities and exhibiting nervous behavior such as nail biting, and pacing.
We have discussed some of the symptoms of stress, but there are also some ways to reduce stress and one of them includes food. Eating the right kind of food helps in reducing stress, says some studies. Stress also increases the cellular activity which leads to lack of nutrients in the body, so a diet which is rich in nutrients can combat the affect of stress on the body.
The diet which is loaded with antioxidants and minerals helps in decreasing anxiety and pressure that are caused by stress. Some nutritionists and dietitians suggest that consuming a diet rich in nutrients five to six times a day helps in reducing stress. Here is the list of food that helps in stress management.
Fruits and green vegetables – these are good source of vitamins, minerals and fibers and stabilizes your system. Especially pumpkins, nuts and sunflower seeds are anti-stress agents.
Milk – it is a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium which helps in fighting stress.
Oatmeal breakfast – oatmeal is a rich source of carbohydrates and helps in producing serotonin, which is known as a calming hormone.
Dark Chocolate – it is a good source of flavinoids, which are known for their calming properties.
Fish and eggs – fish is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps in increasing the serotonin levels in the body. And the eggs contains panathonic acid which is known as anti-stress vitamin.
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