Lately, I’m loving grapefruits. Grapefruits are a seasonal winter fruit high in Vitamin C. Likely, you know that vitamin C gives your immune system a boost, but did you know it also reduces both the mental and physical effects of stress?
Not surprising, I’m craving this super food during one of the busiest times of year in my practice when my weeks are more challenging and my days at work longer as I gear up for both new private clients and the upcoming winter detox.
Stress affects all of us, to some degree or another. And that’s ok. But chronic, high level stress and tension will cause digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
And, when you’re stressed you’re less likely to exercise and eat well. If you’re mindlessly munching and working, you know what I mean.
Including the following nutrient-rich foods in your diet will help to reduce the effects of stress on your body and improve your digestive health, eliminate tension headaches, reduce anxiety and improve your sleep. Add to your daily diet food sources of:
Foods rich in Vitamin C will actually reduce stress hormones in your bloodstream. Enjoy Vitamin-C rich foods such as grapefruit, orange, peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli and berries.
Magnesium is an essential mineral known for its calming effects. You can find magnesium in dried seaweed, beans (mung, aduki, black, kidney, lima, lentils), nuts, seeds, quinoa, millet, bone broth, spinach, oatmeal, and raw cacao.
Vitamin B5 is essential for adrenal and steroid hormone production, and is essential for coping with extreme stress. Good sources of B5 include avocado, bananas, broccoli, brown rice, collard greens, eggs, lentils, mushrooms, oily fish (salmon), soybeans, and sunflower seeds.
Your Simple Action Plan:
Eating the right foods throughout the day is an essential part of stress management. Which foods are missing from your diet? Consider adding 1-2 new foods to your shopping list this week.
For a meal plan rich in stress-reducing winter foods that will boost your immune system, relieve your stress, improve your sleep, and elevate your mood, join me for Nourish, this season’s signature detox program. Find out more here.