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10 Ways to Eat to Relieve Stress

You may be able to eat your way to lower stress levels.

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Can You Eat to Relieve Stress?

In this fast paced world, everyone has some sort of stress. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 31% of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is finding ways to manage stress, and part of stress management includes exercising and choosing the right foods. Below are 10 ways to help manage and relieve stress.

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Sip on a Bowl of Chicken Soup

Many folks feel comforted after eating a bowl of warming chicken soup. Comfort foods, like chicken soup, boost levels of serotonin, which is a brain chemical that produced a calming effect.

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Enjoy a Warm Bowl of Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a comfort food to many and contains oats, which signals the brain to make more serotonin. Although all carbs signal the brain to produce this feel-good chemical, whole grain oats take longer to digest, which means a steady supply of serotonin for a longer period of time.

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Add Avocado to Your Dishes

One quarter of an avocado is a good source of folate. This B-vitamin helps produce dopamine, a chemical with a calming effect. Enjoy avocado toast in the morning, add slices of avocado into a salad, or make a guacamole for a snack.

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