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Foods That Can Help Relieve Stress

February 10, 2023

Food isn’t a cure-all, but it can definitely affect your mood.

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Yes, food does impact your mood and it’s possible to eat your way to a more relaxed state. While there isn’t a cure-all food to magically erase frustration, you can get relieve stress with a combination of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day and getting more of these 10 foods.

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Whole-Wheat Pretzels

Carbohydrate-rich foods can give you an energy boost and trigger the brain to release a feel-good chemical called serotonin. Opt for a whole-grain snack like certain cereals, pretzels, bread, crackers to provide extra fiber while you’re at it.

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Carrot Sticks

Munching on crunchy foods helps beat stress. Nutrient-rich carrots, celery and other crunchy, fresh vegetables offer satisfying crispness but won’t bog you down with too many calories.

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Calm frazzled nerves with a steaming cup of your favorite tea blend. The soothing warmth and tea’s plant compounds work together to level off your body’s response to stress. Both herbal and black tea can help calm nerves; some types of tea have been found to reduce the risk of depression.

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