2 Foods That Boost Your Energy Levels & Fight Stress
Written by: Anthony Alayon, CSN
What I’m about to share with you is something that will make you say “REALLY?!”. Now before I share these 2 things that naturally boost your energy levels in addition to fighting stress, I want you to know why we feel this is so important for you to know.
If you stick 100 people in a room and ask them a simple question about their energy and their stress level, I would bet all I’ve got that you would get an alarming amount of people who would say the same thing….
“I’ve got so much going on”
“I need a break”
It seems that everyone is tired and stressed these days and by the looks of it, it doesn’t really look like it’s slowest down any time soon. But why is everyone so stressed and so tired?
The answer is simple. STUFF.
We are bogged down with stuff. Some good. Some bad. Some just whatever. We walk around daily with stuff hanging over our head and I hate to say it but that’s life. Life is full of stuff. Family, work, finances, health, relationships, politics…. And the list goes on.
Now you see why this is an important to us? If you aren’t convinced yet that you need help, read this and let it sink in for a moment. It’s been concluded over and over again that people experiencing stress and chronic fatigue are more likely to report hypertension, anxiety, depression or obesity.
And just by you reading up to this point I think it’s safe to say that you fall into one of these two categories of people and you are desperately looking for help. Well you came to the right place for help to say goodbye to tiredness and stress! And now for that “REALLY?!” moment…
Stress Reducing Food #1: Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate with 70% cocoa and other cocoa products has gained a lot of attention worldwide as dietary supplements to improve heath, specifically in the area of stress management. These products are rich in in flavanols. Flavanols are felt to mediate some of the heart healthy properties of chocolate. Flavanols are also found in many other food sources felt to be heart healthy such as grapes, apples, blackberries, legumes, red wine, and green tea.
When we are stressed our body signals out chemicals that raise our blood pressure and help us fight the stressor. These chemicals or hormones are stored in the brain (pituitary gland), the adrenal glands, and other parts of the nervous system. Studies have shown that consuming dark chocolate produced lower levels of cortisol and epinephrine after the stress has taken place. Less released cortisol and epinephrine with stress is crucial as these are strong stimulants of the heart and blood vessels.
In addition to reducing stress, nibbling a square of dark chocolate as a post-lunch dessert is good for you. It contains the natural stimulant theobromine, similar to caffeine, which boosts your energy and your mood.
Stress Reducing Food #2: Walnuts
And the walnuts? Well they definitely don’t taste as good as dark chocolate but they are jam packed with amazing nutrients that will not only help lower your stress but also leave you feeling a little more energetic throughout the day.
According to one study by researchers at Penn State University, a diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress. Now this study points out that walnuts and walnut oil reduce blood pressure during stressful periods. And since we can’t completely avoid all the stresses in our lives, it’s good to know that such a simple and convenient snack could help us deal with the pressure.
Besides its beneficial effects on blood pressure and inflammation, walnuts have also been shown to be an excellent source of antioxidants, help to prevent gallstones, improve sleep by boosting melatonin, protect bone health and prevent weight gain.
Now I know some of you have already said… “I hate nuts”, or “I hate dark chocolate”… Or maybe you just aren’t that committed to keeping a bag of walnuts and some dark chocolate around the house or workplace and that’s ok. We have a solution for you. It’s called St. John’s Wort.
The St. John’s Wort plant has yellow flowers and is considered to be a weed throughout most of the United States. It has been used for medical purposes in other parts of the world for thousands of years. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of this powerful herb on stress.
Other benefits of taking this herb daily:
• Helpful during menopause
• Improvement of anxiety
So there you have it. If you can, take a few small bites of dark chocolate daily and accompany that with a handful of walnuts. And if that doesn’t work, your next best bet is St. John’s Wort.
Critical Nutrition has manufactured it’s own St. John’s Wort in an FDA approved facility and adheres to strict GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
All you have to do is take 1 capsule, three times a day preferably with a meal. If you’d like to try St. John’s Wort today, you can click the link below and grab a bottle at the discounted rate below.
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