Calming foods

If you feel a little stressed out, here are a few super foods to help you stay calm, along with some suggested recipes that contain them.

calming food

Blueberries

They contain a high amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants counteract the production of cortisol, the number one chemical that is released during a stressful time.

Peaches

Peaches have a natural sedative that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, since they are sweet, they can work wonders when you need a sugary treat.

Walnuts

The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check.

Swiss chard

This green leafy vegetable contains a lot of magnesium, which helps muscles and nerves to relax.

Parsley

Parsley delivers an astounding amount of stress-busting nutrients like flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage (which are the result of stress).

Bananas

Bananas contain Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed to help manufacture serotonin, which will help you to stay relaxed. Bananas are also high in potassium, an important electrolyte for a hydrated and calm body.

Rice

Rice is a calming complex carbohydrate that is relatively easy to digest. Rice is low in fat and high in complex carbs. Contains ‘calming’ nutrients like magnesium and B vitamins like B6.

Chamomile

It has been shown that chamomile has a calming effect on the nervous system. Use within tea.

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Irina Verwer
Irina VerwerIrina Verwer is a yoga teacher, somatic and Ayurvedic coach, vegan chef and writer. Besides teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga classes on EkhartYoga, she's written two yogic cookbooks and leads workshops, retreats, private classes and (online) coaching sessions. Irina also offers online courses for yoga teachers on the EkhartYoga Academy.