The concept of stress-eating is far from foreign. (Think about how much popcorn or other salty treats we're likely to gobble up during the average Game of Thrones episode, or how you can always find us near to the snack table during an awkward party.) But according to Mind Body Green, there's actually some science behind the act of eating when anxious. What's more, certain foods have a major impact on our blood sugar level, which is directly linked to our psychological states of well-being (short- and long-term). Read on for five common foods that have a positive impact on our minds and bodies.
Three cheers for eggs! A great source of complete protein, eggs also contain lecithin and choline needed for proper methylation and nervous system function, as well as neurotransmitter production. Healthy levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's.
Sweet potatoes, yams, plantains, brown rice, quinoa, beans, and lentils, oh my! These yummy foods are high in nutrients and minerals like B vitamins, fiber, and the complex carbs our bodies know how to metabolize properly. Yes, this is us telling you it's actually a great idea to make these delicious baked sweet potato fries.
According to Mind Body Green, magnesium deficiencies have been shown to induce anxiety. Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are loaded with the good stuff, so indulge in something like this kale and lentil bowl (a double-whammy of healthy ingredients).
Sign us up for oyster happy hour, please! Here's what we know: Stress and anxiety have been shown to deplete zinc. Here's what else we know: The tasty sea creatures are not only perfect paired with an undeniably stress-reducing glass of white wine, but they contain high levels of zinc. It's a match made in heaven, people.
The sheer act of preparing a pot of tea works wonders to encourage increased mindfulness and slow you right on down. Add to that calming practice this bit of cool science: L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, is actually a stress-relieving ingredient in its own right. Studies have shown that L-theanine binds to GABA receptors and induces changes in brain waves that produce feelings of relaxation. Rooibos, green tea, and chamomile varieties are all great choices to reduce anxiety. Pick one to pour into one of these charming mugs.
See what other foods are good for your mind-body health, then tell us if you turn to any particular foods to feel your best.