Increased responsibilities at work and ensuing pressure, customers’ orders and clients’ complaints raise levels of stress and mood swings, which leads sometimes to fatigue, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
Unfortunately, this is the reality. However, there are natural and simple secrets that can help you overcome these feelings and control them in order to alleviate stress and increase happiness. These secrets are mainly related to the food you eat every day.
Curdled yogurt and other dairy products contain Probiotics that can decrease stress levels.
In addition to being a source of antioxidants that can prevent cancer, dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols that improves our mood and help us feel more comfortable.
Apricots contain Vitamin B6 that was proved by a study conducted in 2010, to decrease depression among people aged 65 and above. This fruit contains also antioxidants related that can improve the mood.
Eating pomegranate can lower blood pressure and levels of anxiety and depression.
A study including a group of women showed that the probability of being depressed increased by 15 % when they drank two to three cups of coffee with caffeine daily and that the feeling of depression decreases when drinking more coffee daily. This is due to the fact that caffeine accelerates the movement of dopamine, the hormone of happiness and serotonin, the hormone linked with the mood in the body.
Chicken and Turkey
Chicken and turkey contain are high in antioxidants related to the secretion of serotonin, the mood hormone, tyrosine, the hormone responsible of controlling stress, and dopamine, also known as the happiness hormone.
Fish are rich in Omega-3 that fights mild depression and improves the mood in general. In addition, fish rich in oils such as salmon contain a lot of vitamin B12 linked with high levels of serotonin. We can replace fish with pills rich in fish oils.
Spinach and leafy vegetables contain folic acid that decreases the feeling of fatigue and depression and is rich in magnesium that helps in the secretion of serotonin, the mood hormone.
Honey is rich in elements that fight depression. It is considered a natural source of sugar; however it doesn’t make you feel tired or depressed similarly to other sweets and desserts.
Nuts in general, walnuts and flaxseeds in particular, are considered a source of Omega-3 responsible of the secretion of dopamine, the hormone of happiness.