Is anyone else having a stressful week? This might be my most stressful week to date! So I thought it would be beneficial to share about how certain foods can actually help you reduce stress! Who knew?

A warm cup of tea can calm and soothe, and certain herbs like lavender and chamomile have been shown to have a relaxing effect.

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and can reduce levels of stress hormones in the body, plus, the feeling of indulgence has a positive effect of its own.

Choose carbohydrates, which have been shown to increase levels of serotonin, a chemical that can boost your mood and reduce stress.

Avocados are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, known to reduce stress and anxiety, boost concentration and improve your mood.

Another good source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a benefit to cardiovascular health are fatty fish such as tuna, halibut, salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and lake trout.

Milk and other dairy foods with calcium and added vitamin D can help your muscles relax and also stabilize your mood. A mug of warm milk is great way to relax.

Nuts are packed with vitamins and fatty acids that can help to reduce stress. Studies have found that pistachios in particular can play a role in reducing stress levels.

Studies have found that high levels of vitamin C can reduce stress levels, so indulge in oranges, grapefruits and strawberries!

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