Stress is part of most people's daily lives, so it is important to do what we can to reduce it. In addition to everything else we can do, we can also reduce our stress levels by choosing foods that reduce it. Today, we will look at these foods. •Purple amaranth. Sprouts, and all greens in general, are rich in magnesium, which is well known to significantly reduce stress. I remind you that magnesium is found in chlorophyll, so wherever there is green color, and especially in leafy vegetables, that is, vegetables that are in the form of a leaf, magnesium is present in abundance. I remind you that when you boil greens, 1/3 of the magnesium is lost in the boiling water, so it's a very smart idea not to throw away that water, but to use it in soups or drink it as a decoction. With a little lemon juice and garlic it tastes amazing. •Sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also rich in nutrients known to reduce stress levels, such as potassium, vitamin C, and complex carbohydrates. I recommend substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes in as many recipes as you can because they are much tastier and much more nutritious. •Kimchi. I'm sure most of you are unfamiliar with kimchi, but I want you to discover it. Kimchi is a plant food produced by fermentation of Chinese cabbage and is very rich in probiotics. Studies have shown that foods rich in probiotics not only reduce stress, but also improve mood. Kimchi has a very hot taste, so if you don't like hot things, don't try it. But if you like hot things, you should definitely try it. •Artichokes. If you consume probiotics, but don't make sure to regularly consume their food, then they will soon have no food to survive in your gut and will perish. So, it is not enough to eat fermented foods often, but we must also often eat foods that are rich in prebiotics, i.e. the food of probiotics. Prebiotics are essentially the plant fibers abundant in artichokes that make sure the probiotics we consume from other foods survive. •Eggs. Eggs are particularly rich in nutrients, but it is important to focus on one nutrient that eggs are particularly rich in. It is about choline which is very important for brain function and some studies show that it protects against stress. •Crustaceans. Shellfish are very rich in protein, vitamins and other nutrients, but they are also very rich in a special nutrient, an amino acid called taurine. Taurine has been shown to have a very important effect in reducing stress and depression. • Fish rich in Omega 3. You've all heard that omega-3s are extremely important for heart and vascular health, and many of you have probably heard that they're also important for brain health. Ω3 seems to have excellent effect against stress and for this reason it is important to ensure that your diet is rich in fish containing Ω3, such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, flounder, haddock and trout. •Parsley. Long-term stress leads to an increase in free radicals within the body, and this is very important to ensure adequate antioxidant substances through food. Parsley is a food that, among the many important nutrients it has, is particularly rich in antioxidants that protect the body. •Garlic. Also, garlic is very rich in antioxidants. In addition, it is very important that garlic contains sulfur compounds that lead to an increase in glutathione. Glutathione is an endogenous antioxidant substance with a very strong effect that also has a very strong detoxifying effect. • Tahini. Tahini is very rich in sesame which is rich in an amino acid called tryptophan. The very interesting thing about tryptophan is that it is a precursor substance of dopamine and serotonin which are the neurotransmitters of great importance for mood and stress. In previous studies it has been shown that one diet rich in tryptophan reduces stress and improves mood. •Sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are very rich in vitamin E, a vitamin that also has a very strong antioxidant effect and is necessary for the proper functioning of the brain. In studies it has been shown that vitamin E deficiency leads to mood disorders, stress and depression. It is therefore important to ensure that our diet is rich in vitamin E by eating sunflower seeds often. •Broccoli. Broccoli, like all plants of the cruciferous family, is rich in a substance called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has important properties for health, which among the many benefits it offers is the protection of the nervous system. •Chickpeas. My favorite chickpeas are also very important in dealing with stress because they are very rich in tryptophan, which, as we said earlier, is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin and dopamine. •Chamomile. Chamomile is the traditional medicine for dealing with stress, and because I have personally tried it I can tell you that it definitely helps to reduce it. • Blueberries. Blueberries are very famous because they contain large amounts of antioxidant substances, such as anthocyanins belonging to flavonoids, which are substances that have a significant protective effect against stress, while also improving mood. Now that you've learned about the foods that beat stress, it's important to learn about the foods that beat inflammation. If you're interested, you should definitely check out the video currently showing to my right. Thank you very much

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