These 4 Foods Make You Feel Calmer & Less Stressed

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The art of relaxation, better mental health and heightened mental performance can all be traced back to one’s diet & lifestyle. There are other reasons of course.

Besides abstaining from the news now & again, including new foods into one’s diet is a phenomenal way to boost the body’s stress tolerance and help you relax.

Today we’ll be discussing 4 food that can help you feel calmer & less stressed! Some of these foods specifically make you feel better overall, and help your energy levels!

1. Chia Seeds

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These little seeds are among the most powerful natural relaxing agents and are easily available.

It may come as a surprise to learn that they have more tryptophan than turkey (per ounce) and they can be made into a variety of different foods.

Whether it is in a pudding, or you want to put them in your oatmeal, chia seeds are a go-to choice for anyone looking to incorporate more relaxing dietary supplements. (Plus they taste pretty darn good too!

2. Spinach Dock

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Who hasn't heard of spinach??

Hearty, fantastic for digestion, and full of B vitamins and magnesium, this is a wonderful addition to any diet. (This type of spinach is generally referred to as "sorrel")

Besides giving your body much-needed leafy greens (which are already among the most vital foods in diets) this European vegetable will help you feel healthier, more relaxed, and more full.

You can eat this as a salad, put into juices or even smoothies! Start eating Spinach Dock today and reap the rewards! (It would probably taste pretty good in a sandwich too)

3. Dark Chocolate

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Although milk chocolate does have a sweet taste and can boost a woman’s estrogen (the female equivalent to testosterone) it pales in comparison to raw cacao.

The reason that dark chocolate has a slightly bitter taste comes from cacao. In fact, most all chocolate has cacao in it, but some more than others, like dark chocolate.

Many studies have been done on the cacao bean and it was discovered that the bean is practically an aphrodisiac. It provides stress release, better energy levels, better mood, and it has a special ability to help women produce more estrogen particularly.

4. Avocado

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Although some might prefer red salsa over guacamole, avocado remains undisputed as one of the best sources of natural fatty acids (monounsaturated fat) and B Vitamins. One avocado can give you much blood pressure, higher mental clarity, and lower your stress levels.

If there was one food you started eating more regularly, this is the one you’d want. They are a bit fatty, so it may be good to calculate how much fat you are able to eat each day and manage that accordingly.

This play into another article we published discussing how diet has changed from simply tracking calories and is now more about the protein, carbs, and fats you are eating each day.