Thursday, August 9th, 2012

4 Foods That Make You Feel Light

What do you do when stress overwhelms you? Grab a coffee, go for a smoke, chat with a friend, gulp a glass of wine or fix yourself a glass of Scotch and at times use all of these. How about giving food a try for a change to beat stress? The results will amaze you and as a bonus point you’ll be better equipped to deal with stressful situations. By now, you know that it’s practically impossible to avoid stress (as proclaimed by several health magazines) and so do we. Therefore, let’s be practical and learn to deal with stress with the most basic ingredient critical to our living: the food.

1. Water: Did you ever notice that you turn irritable when you’re dehydrated. In fact, the thirst mechanism on which most of us rely to get a drink is flawed, because by that time we are already dehydrated. It’s better to stay hydrated by sipping a glass of water every one and half or two hours. Spike the water with lemon juice for detox effect and make it lukewarm to aid your digestion, but keep drinking on it.

2. Whole grains: Frayed nerves may make you tempted to gobble a brownie or a pastry, but the quick surge of sugar that you’ll get from the simple carbohydrate will soothe your erratic nerves only temporarily. The surge is followed by ebb and then you’ll begin to feel low once again. Whole grains can free you from this trap. Anyway, our Indian diet is heavily skewed in favour of whole grains (read whole wheat flour, daliya, semolina, poha, lentils with skin on) and you need to get back to those. Complex carbohydrates make the brain produce more serotonin, the same relaxing brain chemical released when you eat dark chocolate. Such foods get digested slowly and help you feel fuller for a longer period of time and keep your sugar levels stable, which helps you get a grip on stress.

3. Nuts. When all hell breaks loose, reach for a handful of almonds. They’re bursting with vitamin E, an antioxidant that bolsters the immune system. Almonds also contain B vitamins, which may help your body hold up during seriously unpleasant events. If you are sick of almonds, get walnuts.

4. The ‘C’ factor. When we’re stressed our body depletes the reserve of vitamin C. Therefore, it makes sense to replenish the ‘C’ levels to beat stress. Guava and aamla have better reserves of vitamin C than oranges..
Besides, you should aim at eating every two hours and exercise regularly to beat stress.

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