Relax With Food – How about Fruit

I am sure that with as hectic as your daily life can get, you need an extra boost that will  help you relax and not get to a point you are stressed out so quickly. Did you know that there is a natural way to help your body relax? I’m not talking about taking supplements here, nor am I referring to tasks to do, like taking a dip in the cool water of a pool, relaxing under a tree, or getting tangled up doing yoga. I am talking about foods that will help your body relax and clear your mind, giving you a small break from the stress of everyday life for a little while. The focus   of my next few posts is  going to be on a variety of foods that help you relax, so that even if you don’t care for, or are allergic to one type of food, there will be at least one thing on this list that you can eat. We often think of food as, well, food. Just eat when we are hungry.  It’s also not a secret that foods affect our moods, eat a lot of sugary foods and you will start off hyper, happy and energetic, but later you will feel that crash. So, I hope to enlighten you on a few foods that can help you relax as well!

I might as well start with fun foods.  I don’t know too many people that do not like fruit. Fruit is a healthy sweet and can be eaten alone or as part of a healthy salad.  Fruit is a healthy dessert food.  This is not a small category, and I am going to break down the benefits for you as it has so many varieties.

  • Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium, which is one of the reasons why they are great for your mood. Bananas also contain the vitamins and minerals that are needed to maintain your body effectively. An alternative to bananas would be avocados because they provide identical benefits.

  • Kiwis.

Kiwis are the perfect source for your daily vitamin C needs. Your body, specifically your brain, needs a certain amount of vitamin c daily. It takes that vitamin c changing it from tryptophan to serotonin. Kiwis give your body the perfect amount of vitamin C. Alternatives to kiwis are: strawberries, oranges, papayas, guavas, and grapefruits.

  • Blueberries

This fruit is loaded with antioxidants, which helps to counteract production of cortisol in the body, which happens to be the number one chemical released in the body during stressful situations. Alternatives include: cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and red grapes.

  • Peaches

Peaches are considered to be a super food. They contain phytonutrients that can give you healthy skin as well as help to fight cancer. These fruits also have a natural sedative that helps to lower stress levels as well as anxiety. They are also a great alternative to a sweet treat that may not be so healthy. Alternatives: Acai Berries, nectarines, and plums.

Okay, we all know that fruit is good for you. This is no secret, with most being fruits being high in vitamins, and generally all around good for your body and having a fair amount of fiber. The higher levels of vitamins give your nerves a chance to relax, and that is why they are such a good relaxation enabler. They help to transform tryptophan and turn it into serotonin, which is a main hormone for relaxation.  Umm,  all this talk of tryptophan , I think I could use a nap




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