Written By Gracie
Stress is so common and everyone will have experienced it at some point in their life, many experience it regularly. Research suggests that stress can make you tired, irritable and angry because of the toxins that are released into your bloodstream, it can also lead to weight gain by slowing your metabolism down.
When you are stressed your body increases its production of the adrenaline stress hormone, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies and an exhausted adrenal gland. For your body to function properly it is vital that your adrenal gland is working to the best of its ability, so here are 5 foods that are full of nutrients to support the adrenal gland function and therefore help with stress reduction. These foods will also help refuel your body with vital vitamins, nutrients and minerals that can be lost through stress.
1) Brown Rice
Brown rice helps with the release of serotonin and norepinephrine. This is a feel good chemical, which helps lift your mood therefore making stress more bearable. I love Doves Farm organic brown rice pasta, it’s a great alternative to pasta and is 100% brown rice so full of goodness.
Almonds are a great source of magnesium, which is important for supporting the adrenal function. If you have low levels of magnesium you can tend to feel irritable and anxious. Many people with low levels of magnesium will also experience insomnia and we all know how vital sleep is for maintaining a healthy, stress-free body. Almonds are my go-to snack if I get hungry right before bed.
Cucumber has a cooling and nourishing effect on the blood and liver, which is important for balancing hormones, lifting your mood and reducing stress. I love adding cucumber to salads and find that they are great for juicing.
4) Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are a rich source of vitamin B and zinc, which is vital for adrenal gland function. When you are stressed your levels of vitamin B and zinc can decrease so it is important to keep your body fuelled. I love sprinkling sunflower seeds over my porridge in the morning. They are great sprinkled over salads as well.
Celery is full of nutrients that have a calming effect on your body, which can help lower the levels of the stress hormone. I prefer juicing celery over eating the stalks.
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