10 Foods To Manage Stress
Written By26 Jun 2021
1. Fermented foods
It is now widely understood in that gut health is linked to mood. 95% of our serotonin! And! We have more neural pathways from our gut to our brain than vice versa. Foods that are rich in probiotics have shown to improve mood and can help decrease stress and stress hormones like cortisol. We love kimchi, sauerkraut, beet kavas, and natto.
Full of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, D, calcium, iodine, and tyrosine, these compounds feed our body necessary nutrients, especially those micronutrients that aren't found in a lot of food! Seaweed especially is known to support the thryoid. Add seaweed to your salad or snack on toasted nori sheets.
3. Raw Cacao
Raw cacao is the minimally processed and more nutrient dense cousin of cocoa. High in magnesium, zinc, and theobromine, cacao gives the body a natural energy boost. Cacao has been shown to dilate our blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body, including the brain. Cacao has been revered as a plant to open the heart. Try making raw cacao bliss bites as an afternoon snack.
4. Chamomile, and other nervine teas
There aren't many things more relaxing that a cup of herbal tea. Nervine teas are herbs that specifically help to relax the nervous system. Here are some relaxing herbs: skullcap, lemon balm, lavender, valerian. Our nightly tea blend is: chamomile with holy basil and skullcap!
High in vitamin B’s, vitamin D, probiotics, and beta-glucans, mushrooms support energy production, adrenal function, and healthy gut microbiota. Fun fact: put your mushrooms out in the sun and they'll absorb more vitamin D from the sun!