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How to Manage Stress with the Right Foods

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  • Some foods that help calm your nervous system include dark chocolate, bananas, oolong tea, and fermented vegetables
  • Berries, omega-3 fats, kiwifruit, and high-quality protein sources also have mood-boosting properties
  • Vitamin C-rich foods help reduce your body’s production of stress hormones while boosting your immune function to better ward off stress-induced illness
  • Mushrooms are rich in the antioxidant selenium, low levels of which have been linked to anxiety, and the mushroom-derived hallucinogen psilocybin is being studied as a treatment for cancer-related anxiety – with remarkable results

By Dr. Mercola

What does food have to do with your stress levels? More than you might realize. About 40 percent of Americans say that stress drives them to overeat or eat unhealthy foods, which, in turn, trigger physiological changes that can make your mood worse.


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