Feeling stressed in your career or personal life? Eat these tension-taming snacks to feel relaxed and sunnier in a flash!
Savoring 2 oz. of dark chocolate (a standard-size bar) chases away anxious thoughts for up to 3 1/2 hours, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh. The credit goes to a compound in cocoa that stimulates the production of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine.
These crunchy gems are one of nature's top sources of vitamin C, a nutrient that stress-proofs the mind and body. German scientists have found that people with high levels of vitamin C are less reactive to stressful events, plus they calm down faster than people with low C levels.
The tasty way to stay calm in the face of chaos: Nosh on 1 cup of sliced cucumber a day. Researchers at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut say compounds in the veggie dampen the production of stress hormones to soothe frazzled nerves for up to 4 hours.
Women who eat yogurt daily react to negative stimuli in a more levelheaded way, according to research at UCLA. Scientists theorize that good bacteria in yogurt modulate nerves in the gut, which in turn send fewer signals to brain regions that control emotion.
The scent of fresh-popped kernels prompts the brain to produce energizing beta waves in just 5 minutes, according to Chicago's Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Plus, popcorn's happiness-boosting amino acids can help you feel more content for up to 4 hours.
Snacking on a banana a day can boost your positive thoughts by 20 percent, report Duke University researchers. The reason? This superfood delivers the feel-good amino acid tryptophan, as well as nutrients that speed tryptophan's conversion into brain chemicals that make you feel pleasantly at ease.
The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts have been shown to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And walnuts also deliver a hefty dose of melatonin. According to Swiss researchers, this hormone triggers the body to release chemicals with stress-relieving actions.
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