No one will deny there is a link between how we feel and what we eat – but did you know that eating certain foods can either increase or decrease your stress level? It’s true! Here are the top 6 foods that will help you lower your stress level just by eating them!

1. Vegetables – Veggies help neutralize your body’s PH balance, which, when shifted towards acidity can increase your stress state

2. Fruits – Rich in vitamin C, these foods help give your body back an essential vitamin that becomes depleted when you are stressed

3. Beans – many beans, such as lentils, lima and kidney are great sources of B6, a vitamin that produces red blood cells and serotonin, a natural mood enhancer

4. Fish – Ocean Seafood such as tuna and salmon are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which aids in the treatment of depression while other seafood such as scallops, halibut and oysters are great sources of magnesium, a natural mood stabilizers that promote relaxation.  

5. Whole Grains – Chronic stress can play havoc with your digestive system and eating a diet rich in whole grains has been shown to aid digestion as well as help keep blood sugar levels stable so you don’t have that ‘crash’ of energy and moods later in the day.

6. Water – when you are stressed your body drains itself of nutrients and water. Every process of your body depends on water so making sure you get your 8 glasses a day will help you to function at your peak.

** This information was researched through Clean Eating Magazine – September and October 2009