It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
It’s easy to look at food as fuel your body needs to go or as something to indulge in, but don’t forget that food can affect you in many other ways, depending on what cool nutrients they contain. Some foods can actually relieve stress.
For example, avocados contain a little something called glutathione, a substance which blocks intestinal absorption of damaging fats, which can cause oxidated stress.
Cashews contain zinc, which plays a role in hormone regulation, immune health and neurological function. When we’re stressing out, our immune systems take a huge hit, so getting enough zinc is going to help kick that cold.
Dark chocolate is known to lower blood pressure. And, of course, dark chocolate is known to brighten your mood even without that direct health benefit.
Green tea contains the amino acid theanine, which has been shown to protect against cancer, as well as be a brain booster and performance enhancer. And the act of drinking a warm mug of tea is calming all on its own.
And those are just a few of the potentially stress-reducing foods.