Now that we have covered foods that help you relax in pretty extensive detail, it’s time to cover drinks! It is just as important to have a drink that will lower your stress level as it is to have food that helps. When you’re at work, or even at home you don’t always have time to prepare a meal, but you often have enough time to make a drink. So let’s take some time to talk about drinks that can help lighten your stress levels.
Start The Day Off With A Glass Of Tea
Tea leaves are chock full of goodies for our bodies. Tea has been a drink used for relaxation for many, many years. There are many herbal teas that can help your relaxation and anxiety. Be sure that the tea you choose to drink doesn’t contain caffeine. Teas have an amino acid, L-theanine, that is mostly only found in them. This amino acid helps to relax and enhance your mood by stimulating your production of your alpha brain waves. When you first wake up, your brain is typically associated first with beta waves, and alpha waves are those that promote relaxation, which explains a grumpy mood when you first wake up. Here are a few teas to try.
- Green tea has very high levels of L-theanine, and a ton of other things that make it a super drink. It can help lower your chances of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, helps with weight loss, lowers blood pressure, all on it’s own!
- Kava is another excellent choice for anxiety and stress. The effects that this tea have are compared to a common anxiety drug, without the addictive quality. Note that you cannot buy the strength of this tea needed in a regular grocery store, you would need to visit a tea shop that sells 300 or more kava lactones in the tea. This is a strong tea and tastes best with a mix of something such as butter or coconut milk. As I said, this tea is strong, so please talk to your doctor and insure it will not interact with any medications you are taking.
- Passionflower tea has the same effects as kava, but is not as strong, nor does it have any of kava’s side effects.
- Valerian Root Tea is an calming tea that helps to aid those with trouble sleeping.If you’re not a fan of Green Tea or my others listed, try black tea, or oolong as they are close in their content of this super amino acid.