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Many people think that stress is a reason to forget about healthy eating. But the next time you seize the excitement before an upcoming exam or an important meeting at work with a piece of cake, remember that harmful food will not help you cope with nervous tension.

5 Products to Help Cope with Stress

Many people think that stress is a reason to forget about healthy eating. But the next time you seize the excitement before an upcoming exam or an important meeting at work with a piece of cake, remember that harmful food will not help you cope with nervous tension.

What is stress?

Stress is defined as the body's response to the so-called stress factors. They can be emotional or physical. Severe stressful events include the death of a loved one, divorce or separation, consequence of physical or emotional violence or injury

Less obvious stress factors include lack of sleep, malnutrition, prolonged hard work, excessive exercise and excessive care for others to the detriment of yourself. Positive factors can also be stress factors, such as a wedding, getting the job you dreamed of, or moving to another city.

There are people who are very susceptible to stress, immediately noticing both its physical consequences (for example, stomach pain, headaches, heart palpitations, or neck pain) and emotional (irritability, fatigue, craving for sweets or salty foods). 

But there are also other people with a light cheerful nature, satisfied with life, who do not even suspect that their body may be suffering or that the physical symptoms that they feel are nothing but a consequence of stress.

In fact, many people are so accustomed to living under constant stress that they simply do not notice it. And to others, it is simply necessary to feel like a successful person. Nevertheless, despite the diversity of nuances, all stress factors trigger a whole cascade of processes in the body, which is called the stress response.

But these five products will be able to provide stable blood sugar levels, reduce anxiety and increase the content of dopamine - a hormone that causes the feeling of pleasure.

5 Products That Help Fight Stress

1. Salmon

Studies have confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids contained in salmon, significantly reduce anxiety. To feel the effect, eat 180-200 grams of salmon twice a week. Moreover, from this fish, you can cook a huge number of dishes.

2. Bitter chocolate

It is a known fact that dark chocolate can reduce the level of cortisol, a stress hormone. At the same time, it increases the serotonin content, which regulates brain function. But it is important to remember that not every sort of chocolate has such miraculous properties. If you want to get the maximum benefit, choose chocolate with no additives and with a minimum amount of sugar.

3. Vegetable salads

If you have a deadline or important negotiations are coming, prepare a salad. Folic acid in vegetables relieves depression and soothes. That’s because it promotes the formation of dopamine, a hormone that is directly responsible for emotions. Broccoli, asparagus and Brussels sprouts are the richest with this substance.

4. Turkey

Turkey is not only a traditional Thanksgiving dish but also an excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid that is essential for the formation of serotonin. Which means eating turkey can improve our mood. In addition, turkey is a dietary variety of meat, so it is ideal for those who are trying to maintain their figure.

5. Blueberries

Everyone knows that blueberries are necessary for eye health. But its useful properties do not end there. This berry is rich in antioxidants that protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals that cause premature aging. Therefore, blueberries strengthen the immune system, and a healthy body is much better able to cope with stress.

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Greetings, my name is Monica. I graduated from New York Medical College and work as a nurse in Queens Hospital at the moment. The thing I love the most is morning jogging because it’s a wonderful way to keep myself in tone. I like to communicate with people who care about their health. I became a vegetarian five years ago. Now my daily menu consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, and different cheeses. I am a member of the water polo team and I love gardening. Overall I would say I’m an outdoors type of person.

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