Winding down from a long day’s worth of work isn’t always easy. Thoughts of your daily challenges, routines, and deadlines have a funny way of following you home. Productivity is nothing to be ashamed of, but you need your relaxation time. If you can make a few adjustments to your current diet, your ability to relax will be less of a struggle. The following sources of nutrition are proven to help you wind down from the stresses of everyday life.
Vegetable Soup Vegetable soup provides you with the vital nutrients you need to strengthen your immune system. Less stress on your immune system leads to an easier relaxation period. Stick with vegetables low on the glycemic index and your body will thank you. Dark Chocolate Surprised to see this one on the list? You’re not the only one. Darker chocolate contains a higher cocoa/cacao ratio, meaning it will provide more nutrients and less sugar. Dark chocolate will also help you build a resistance to insulin sensitivity, and contains serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin to alleviate stress. Avocado Avocado will ease your anxiety by providing an abundance of potassium. Not only is avocado a highly nutritious food, but it aids in you in the production of anti-stress hormones.
Brown Rice Brown rice contains serotonin and melatonin, both of which are known to induce sleepiness. It’s a slow-digesting carbohydrate, so you don’t have to worry about peaks and valleys of energy caused by insulin spikes. Tea Green tea. Black tea. White tea. All contain active ingredients that will put your body and your mind at ease. Tea can also regulate your blood sugar levels, making for a hearty and healthy beverage.