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Residence Life Nutrition: Stress fighting foods

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Although the convenience of tucking into a takeaway after a stressful day is tempting, it will only make you feel sluggish.

Taking just 20 minutes from your day during the exams to prepare some healthy and nutritious foods will keep you feeling full of energy and give you that much needed mental clarity.

Eating healthily is a proven stress buster, so why not try some of these tasty ingredients in your cooking to boost your mood!

Top 10 Foods to Tackle Stress

  1. Asparagus – low mood has been linked to low levels of folic acid and one vegetable that boosts this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus.
  2. Avocado - packed with vitamin B that gives you healthy nerve and brain cells to help stamp out feelings of anxiety.
  3. Blueberries - they may only be small but they pack a serious punch of antioxidants and vitamin C to help with feelings of stress.
  4. Milk - a warm glass of milk remedies insomnia and fidgetiness so you can get a good night’s sleep. Although you should skip it you are lactose intolerant! You can substitute it with rice or almond milk.
  5. Almonds - replace a bag of crisps for this perfect little snack to munch on that is rich in vitamins B2 and E, boosting your immune system.
  6. Oranges - part of the breakfast of champions! Flooded with Vitamin C proven to lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol.
  7. Spinach - the perfect addition to most meals, Popeye’s favourite is full of magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol levels and promote feelings of wellbeing.
  8. Salmon - this fishy dish is rich in omega-3, which helps to keep adrenaline from flaring when you’re feeling tense.
  9. Turkey - perfect for boosting your mood during the wintery period as it contains an amino acid that releases the chemical serotonin, giving us a sense of calm.
  10. Oatmeal - another breakfast favourite, this also gets the calm-inducing hormone flowing, setting you up for a stress-free day!

A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, getting you set to tackle your essays and exams.......

Bon appétit!


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