It’s no surprise that stress accelerates the aging process. Are there foods that help to combat aging and reduce our stress levels? So-called ‘comfort foods’ may not really be doing you any favors, especially since they are often high in fats and carbohydrates. When you feel stressed, your best choice is to feed your body the healthiest things you can find, because unhealthy foods will actually increase your stress level. Think about it. The last time you were stressed out, and you ate a whole box of chocolates, how did you feel afterwards? Less stressed? I doubt it!
Natural foods are a good place to start. Avoiding anything with a label is a good rule of thumb. Yellow and orange fruits such as oranges and pineapple feed your chakras and can help you to more easily feel joy, confidence and self-worth. Natural herbal teas are warm and comforting, and can impart a wide variety of benefits, depending on the type of tea. Chamomile tea helps to calm your nervous system, while Rooibos tea varieties are high in antioxidants. Lemon Balm tea tends to lift your spirits and improve your concentration, while Rosehip tea is an excellent source of vitamin C. There is also something comforting about holding a mug of hot tea in your hand. There are other foods that help to reduce your stress level in natural ways, such as almonds, (rich in vitamin E); blueberries (high in anti-oxidants); coconut (high in natural anti-fungal compounds); spinach (rich in magnesium); nuts like pistachios (a good source of healthy fats); and avocadoes (high in potassium) are all better choices than candy or junk food.
High stress tends to rapidly accelerate our use of B vitamins in particular. If you’re looking for a way to supplement your food intake to better deal with stress, being on a good vitamin B-complex supplement that includes vitamin C and zinc is a great place to start.
The energy that you spend focusing on negativity and fear is directly proportional to your stress level. What many don’t realize is that this is something they have conscious control over. Stress is also caused by the subconscious; all those little nagging messages about unfinished business in the back of your mind that pop up at inopportune moments when you’re not in a position to act. Commitments that you have made and not kept, people that you have yet to forgive and looming deadlines are all sources of these stressful nagging messages. Possibly even more powerful than these are energetic imbalances such as trapped emotions – the remnants of trauma that have become stuck in the body, leading us to unconsciously choose certain feelings, thoughts and expectations. So what can you do to reduce stress in your own life?