Mediterranean diet expert Stella Metsovas adds, “You definitely want to stay far, far away from sugars and alcohol. Top foods to stay clear from: sweetened beverages, fried foods and sodium.”
Stress Reducers: Foods to Eat
• Turkey. The tryptophan in turkey is an amino acid that increases serotonin production, which in turn alleviates stress. But don’t overdo the turkey—too much can make you sluggish.
• Dark Leafy Vegetables. Greens such as spinach and kale have magnesium, which is a relaxing agent.
• Nuts and Seeds. Snack on pumpkin seeds, which is also high in magnesium, says Metsovas. Munch on walnuts, which are a great source of Omega 3s. Also add cashews and sunflower seeds, both of which have relaxing tryptophan.
• Yam, Sweet Potatoes and Carrots. They all have high levels of potassium, which is shown to reduce blood pressure.
• Fruits. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, as well as papaya are great way because of their vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure
• Salmon. All the experts say salmon is a must because it is loaded with Omega 3 essential fatty acids. It promotes blood flow and increase serotonin production. And makes your brain work better.