Foods That Reduce Stress
Enjoying foods that reduce stress is quite easy and healthy to incorporate into our daily lifestyles. DHEA is know as “the mother hormone”, because it’s so crucial in regulating other hormones and is produced by the adrenal glands. Most of the time DHEA rises and falls in tandem with changes in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, acting as a buffer against the negative effects that excess cortisol can have on immunity, sleep and energy.
So when you become stress out for months on end the adrenal glands can not produce enough DHEA, resulting in irritability-fatigue and sleepless nights. Eating nuts, which are high in magnesium, everyday is one of the easiest ways to bring levels of DHEA back to normal. Magnesium calms the stress hormone “cortisol”.
One simple trick can be to switch out sugary candy or breads, for a handful of raw nuts. This can stabilize your blood sugar levels and revitalize your adrenals thus keeping cortisol (stress hormone) in check.
Exercise Works Wonders
Exercise stimulates DHEA production and reduces excess cortisol (stress hormone). Just breaking a sweat 4-5 times a week for 30-40 minutes will rejuvenate DHEA production and you will feel better in a short week or less. Boosting DHEA levels generally results in better mood and well being.
- Handful of raw nuts a day does the trick
- Exercising 4-5 times a week breaking a sweat in sessions of 30-40 minutes long
- Remember the glass is half full not half empty
- Cut the worry cycle into a more balanced way of thinking, be positive
Worry Destroys Peace
People who took steps to see each situation that appears stressful in a more positive light were more balanced and lived in a relaxed mental attitude vs. anxiety ridden thinking. In clinical studies done on individuals, studies found being happy and not worrying was a happier and more conducive lifestyle than worry and fretting about things you can not change. When you short-circuit emotional stress, you prevent the physical cascade of hormones that leads to low DHEA.
One way to do this when something very stressful pops up. Take your thoughts and “freeze frame” the situation and come up with a more positive way to handle the offending stressor. Take a deep breathe and realize you can do anything, have faith and be of good courage and skip to plan B. In other words, “ Be happy don’t worry”.
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