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.
Have Some Milk
Did you ever get tucked in a s a child and given a glass of warm milk to drink before bed? Is it really a surprise that milk is a calming drink, I didn’t think so. Milk contains tryptophan, a protein that I will cover extensively in a later post on foods that help you to relax. This protein is converted to serotonin, which has relaxing qualities. Be sure to drink plenty of milk, as long as you aren’t lactose intolerant. Substitutes for milk would be soy and rice milk.
This is a drink that is a great natural solution to nervous exhaustion and depression. This however, is not like the other drinks that work immediately. This needs to be consumed continually for around a month or longer and then will kick in. It is a natural method that has been used for a long time. You take small teaspoons of this every day and you will start to see an improvement in your nerves.
Tart Cherry Juice
Here is another method that takes time, but has been researched and prove results. One ounce of cherry juice taken twice daily can help to improve your quality and the duration of your sleep. We all know that getting too little sleep can lead to a stressful day.
Is it really that much of a surprise that water can help you relax? Our bodies need water to survive, and making sure you get the recommended amount each day helps to allow your body to relax. You are supposed to have on average around 8 glasses of water a day. This will help to keep your body hydrated, and in turn to keep it calm. Take it to work no matter what job you have, whether it’s a retail job, construction job or office job with a rental company. It doesn’t matter. Of course there is no doubt a nice tall glass of cold water by the pool would be even more relaxing, but we cannot always have our way.
Fresh Veggie Juice
We talked about how veggies were good for relaxation in our last article, so why not make a drink out of those veggies? They contain magnesium and calcium and help to lower blood pressure and more. This is a great way to lower stress levels and get your daily veggies!
Pure Coconut Water
More often than not, coconut water is praised for it’s energy lifting abilities. That is not all it is good for though, it is also a great way to help you relax and get to sleep. With it being high in magnesium and potassium it helps regulate digestion, promotes relaxation, and improves your blood circulation. Just a cup of coconut water has more potassium than 2 bananas! It is also rich with B vitamins that help to lower stress and blood pressure. This is easy to get hold of and you can take it with you wherever you go.