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6 Stress Relieving Foods

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. However, there is a way to lower cortisol levels, and it’s as easy as eating some of these foods.

First, try eating oatmeal, the complex carbs release serotonin into the body which is a feel-good hormone and reduces stress in your brain.

Next, studies have shown that eating asparagus enhances mood and reduces stress, it’s also high in folate.

Oysters are not only high in zinc but they have been shown to lower the emission of cortisol into the body, and promote a healthy immune system.

Cannellini beans or white beans help lower stress, and also promote weight loss and regulate blood sugar levels.

Pistachios are only about three calories per nut, and they also help balance cortisol levels in the body.

Another tip, try eating dark chocolate, the polyphenols and flavonoids in dark chocolate help lower blood pressure and can provide a feeling of calmness. A study showed that eating 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate for two weeks lowered the cortisol levels in anxious adults. 

So next time you are feeling stressed and anxious, try some of these foods to get the relief you need.

Contributors to this news report include: Mary Stufano, Assistant Producer and Writer; and Jamie Koczan, Editor. 


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