5 Foods for Fighting Off Stress-related Illnesses
Healthy eating is one way to help stress-related illnesses such as depression and anxiety and these 5 foods are beneficial for dealing with your stress. They provide vital vitamins and nutrients that are known to increase energy and stabilise mood, so combining them with a balanced diet (free from processed foods) and you should begin to see an improvement in your stress-levels.
As Fountainhead Retreat is situated on an organic avocado orchard, we had to start with our number one favourite fruit. Avocados are a great source of B vitamins and monounsaturated fats which are needed for a healthy brain. Feelings of anxiety have been known to be caused by a B vitamin deficiency, so when they are in season, load up with these super-fruits (and even freeze them for smoothies in summer)
All in for Almonds
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat and energy-boosting protein, important for a balanced diet. They also contain zinc which is key in maintaining a balanced mood and Vitamin E which boosts immunity and also been shown to fight the free radicals associated with stress. Grab a handful of these mini-boosters throughout the day and reap the benefits.
Fish For Fatty acids (Omega-3)
Omega-3 is known for its possible positive effects on stress-related illnesses such as anxiety and depression. This essential fatty acid restores structural integrity to brain cells, critical for cognitive functions. Also present in Omega-3 is Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and studies have shown that low levels of DHA are associated with low concentrations of brain serotonin, which may be associated with depression and suicide.
The body cannot produce Omega-3 itself, so can only be supplied through food, therefore eating oily fish such as mackerel, trout, tuna, salmon and sardines is essential.
Asparagus for us
Asparagus is rich in folate, an important B vitamin that converts to folic acid in the body. Folate has been proven to produce dopamine in the brain, which not only makes you feel happier but also reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. Stress-related issues such as depression and anxiety have been linked to folic acid deficiency, so asparagus is a great food source for this nutrient.
Rooibos Tea for 2
Rooibos Tea is another delicious way to reduce stress in your day. There are 2 compounds found in this tea, aspalathin and nothofagin which help to modify hormones in the body, thus contributing to lowering stress. Rooibos tea is freely available throughout the day at Fountainhead Retreat.
At Fountainhead Retreat, we kick-start your journey to healthy habits by introducing a whole range of vitamin-rich foods to your diet. The effects will reflect on your body and give your mind a well-deserved nutrient –charge, helping you to break the barriers of your stress-related illness.