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.

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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 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.


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 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 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 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.


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

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Irina VerwerIrina Verwer is a yoga teacher, Somatic therapist, intimacy coach, Ayurvedic practitioner, vegan chef and writer of two yogic cookbooks. Very grateful for and inspired by all of her teachers, Irina has created a unique style of teaching that is both intense and gentle.