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Foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges and grapefruits, may help lower your stress hormones. Omega-3s, like those found in salmon and other fatty fish, as well nuts and seeds, may also be calming.

In general, fueling your body well with a balanced diet can help keep your body healthy and better able to handle stress. Part of eating well means focusing on getting whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Want something sweet? Dark chocolate may have a calming effect by lowering stress hormones.

From: 7 Ways to Beat Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it" and "How does stress affect your overall health?"

American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

News release, American Chemical Society, November 11, 2009: "New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress."

University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it" and "How does stress affect your overall health?"

American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

News release, American Chemical Society, November 11, 2009: "New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress."

University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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