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Fight Stress Levels By Modifying Your Diet The beginning of the end of your day should include a de-stressing ritual.

By Shoug Al Nafisi

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The beginning of the end of your day should include a de-stressing ritual. Having deadlines, a full schedule, and generally fighting the clock each day is likely to keep you wide awake at night. This, however, is one fight you can definitely take on with a proper diet, and that doesn't mean you have to go for foods and beverages that are out of the ordinary- these staples are easy and accessible, even for "treps constantly on the move.

Bounce back
Oily fish, nuts, and the recently trending chia seeds all contain omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory as well as anti-stress properties. Having varied omega-3 sources of food, regularly and in appropriate amounts, is very helpful in maintaining physical health, as well as handling stress.

That's rich!
Milk has the capacity to increase serotonin in the brain, subsequently giving you the feeling of well, being perfect for any time of the day. Milk's Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium keep blood pressure down by dilating blood vessels, while also lowering cortisol, the stress hormone, further contributing to that much-needed relief. Serotonin regulates a few important things, not the least of which are mood, appetite, and sleep, so stock up. Other serotonin-boosting foods? Dark chocolate that measures at least 70% cocoa, seafood, and bananas.

Warm up
Warm drinks are associated with comfort- you can trigger that response every time you have something warm. That said, green tea contains antioxidants and a specific amino acid, theanine, responsible for encouraging a state of relaxation. A promoter of alpha-wave production and dopamine increase, you'll want to have a warm cup of good-grade green tea to help you unwind.

A nutritionist, and public health advocate, Shoug Al Nafisi has worked in domains that ranged between community nutrition, emergency relief, and social media. A humanitarian at heart, she works to promote her firm belief in the wellness of the human being as a powerful and productive entity within the community. As a writer, she has co-authored a scientific publication, and has many writings as a contributor and guest blogger covering topics such as wellness, productivity, and empowerment.

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