GLOSS Volume 1, Issue 4 - 2017 - Page 57

H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S Superfoods That Squash Stress  Life has a way of getting the best of us some days. Whether it’s working too many hours, shuffling your kids all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  There are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat.   Here are some superfoods that fill you with the energy and nutrition your body needs to keep stress in check. A small fist of almonds is great when it comes to arming yourself against stress. They are rich in magnesium, zinc, as well as vitamins B2, C, and E and unsaturated fats, all which are notable warriors against free radicals, which have been shown to cause stress and high blood pressure.     Asparagus, which is high in folic acid, can help level out your moods. Folic acid and vitamin B are key players in producing serotonin, a chemical that gets you into a good mood. Though we may hear negative things regarding red meat, it’s a wise dinner option. Beef ’s high levels of iron, zinc and B vitamins not only help get you into a good mood, but help you stay there as well. Select small portions of lean cuts for the healthiest options.  A chock full of calcium, protein, antioxidants, and vitamins B2 and B12 present in milk helps strengthen bones and promotes healthy cell regeneration. Paired with a healthy whole-grain cereal choice in the morning, low-fat milk is a great way to start your day and arm yourself to battle with the stressors that await you.  57