Relax with Foods –Eat your vegetables

You knew this was coming after we spoke about fruits, your veggies are another great way to help you relax. We’re going to focus on two vegetables to boost your mood and list their alternatives. So get ready to eat your vegetables!

  • Broccoli florets

When your potassium gets low, you tend to feel fatigued, anxious, muscle sores, and irritable. Broccoli happens to be a great source for natural potassium as well as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and Vitamin E. These will all boost your immune system and help to prevent you from any disease. It’s a good idea to have some broccoli servings each week. Alternatives include: winter squash, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, avocado, banana, eggplant and tomatoes.

  • Dine like Popeye with Spinach

Spinach is a powerhouse for magnesium. Magnesium helps our nerves to relax, as well as our muscles. By doing this, they prevent them from becoming too excited and becoming cramped, fatigued, and tense. Spinach is also full of vitamins A and C, folate, and iron. Try and have a cup of fresh or cooked spinach daily, organic if possible, as it often is treated with pesticides when non-organic. Alternatives: halibut, pumpkin seeds and peppermint. Go nuts, for nuts. Nuts contain mineral called selenium. Lacking this mineral has shown an increase depression, fatigue and anxiety in people. The best part is you don’t need a lot of nuts to receive enough selenium. You can eat a handful of mixed nuts, or eat simply two Brazil nuts, which are high in selenium, each day. This will be plenty to keep crankiness at bay. Walnuts are another great nut to consume daily. Walnuts have shown the ability to keep anxiety levels down as well as prevent your blood pressure from rising. All you need is an ounce of walnuts every day, which equals out to around 7 whole walnuts or 14 halves. Suitable substitutes for nuts are: Tuna, Salmon, Cod and Shiitake mushrooms, although they do not contain as much of selenium as nuts do.

Speaking of Seafood

I personally dislike most seafood, but this is a great food to help relax nerves due to its release of a calming hormone in your brain. Seafood has zinc, selenium, and magnesium inside that has been known to raise the mood of your brain, as well as having omega­3. Omega 3 is a fatty acid that assists in creating calming hormones for your brain. Shrimps are an excellent source for mood lifting. They contain selenium, as well as tryptophan. They are also great sources of omega­3, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D. The cholesterol in shrimps has also proved to be helpful in some cases for those worried about cholesterol. So I guess all seafood isn’t bad. Alternatives to shrimp are lobsters as they are similar in content.

 

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