5 Foods That Reduce Stress and Boost Performance

Feb 10, 2016 06:26 PM EST | By Swarnam John

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Stress has become a part of modern life due to the hectic schedule. Nearly 40 percent of the Americans report overeating or resorting to unhealthy foods due to stress. This is quite a dangerous statistic. 
Here are 5 healthy foods that will reduce the stress levels and increase your performance levels.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are rich in folate. Folate helps in the production of serotonin and dopamine. These  are the happy hormones. The Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards prevent cognitive decline. These are rich in vitamin K which improves cognitive performance. Thus, they reduce stress and improves brain performance.

Oatmeal

When we are stressed the first thing we think of is the comfort foods which are high in sugar and fat. Oatmeal which is a complex carbohydrate is a healthy option. Carbohydrates help the brain release more serotonin. This hormone fights off depression and acts as a stress buster.

Fermented foods

Researchers say that unhealthy gut microbes can have a negative impact on the brain health, this can lead to depression and stress. The probiotic hormone reduces the stress induced hormone corticosterone. This results in reduced anxiety and depression.

Kiwi

Kiwi contains 85% of vitamin C and this reduces stress hormone levels. Vitamin C reduces inflammation that is caused due to increased stress levels. Apart from this, the Kiwifruit promotes heart health, eye health and protects against asthma.

Cashew nuts

The omega 3 levels in the nuts fights off the negative effects of stress. Cashew nuts are rich in copper. About quarter cup of these nuts contains 98 percent of copper.

Inadequate intake of copper results in iron deficiency and brain disturbances. It also causes irregular heart beat and high levels of bad cholesterol. Cashew nuts which are rich in copper can act as a saving grace to combat these negative effects.

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