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Keeping up with life's demands can cause havoc on your health. Poor diet, sleep, and exercise can greatly impact your stress levels. You may have heard that there is bad stress and good stress. An example of good stress would be when you are first getting up in the morning. Your body uses cortisol (stress hormone) to wake you up. If you have difficulties waking up in the morning this would signal that your cortisol is out of whack. Another symptom would be falling asleep in the afternoon.

Lucky for you, here are some foods you can eat often that will help relieve negative stress and get your cortisol hormone balanced.

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1. Avocados

Enriched source of B6 vitamins and folate which are known to naturally reduce stress levels. Avocados also contain gluathione, lutein, and beta-carotene.


2. Cashews

Cashews are loaded with zinc, magnesium, tryptophan, and omega-3-essential fatty acids all which have proven to boost mental health.


3. Chocolate

Excellent source of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavanols, which  helps reduce hormones known as catecholamines in highly stressed people.


4. Garlic

Garlic is a source of allicin, which is believed to have antibacterial and anti fungal properties.


5. Oatmeal

Oats contain fibre and take longer to digest which cause a relaxing feeling to the body.


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6. Salmon

Because of its source of fatty acids, salmon helps keep your stress and anxiety down when you are feeling overwhelmed.


7. Turkey

Enriched with an amino acid called tryptophan which releases serotonin from the brain which is a feel-good chemical.


8. Asparagus

Excellent source of folate which helps relieve anxiety and depression.


9. Blueberries

Also known to relieve anxiety due to its source of anthocyanin and  vitamin C.


10. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is effective as a natural sedative, making you feel at ease.


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11. Green Tea

Deeply enriched with many antioxidants including ones known as catechins, they reduce oxidative stress in the body-- primarily the kidneys.


12. Oranges

Vitamin C is proven to bring down cortisol levels and help reduce blood pressure. Have a vitamin C supplement after an intense workout to bring down the stress you just put on your body.


13. Spinach

Spinach is jammed pack with magnesium which help even out your cortisol levels.


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