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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Foods that Relieve Stress

Relieve stress by eating - what can get better than that! Here's another in my series on relieving stress.

Foods that Relieve Stress

"Romaine lettuce – It provides tyrosine, an amino acid that is thought to work against depression.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are full of phenylalanine, an amino acid that prolongs the break-down of endorphins, chemicals which give you a sense of well-being.

Chicken – It contains the amino acid tryptophan, which turns into serotonin, a soothing, calm-inducing brain chemical.

Green beans – They contain folic acid, which increases the level of serotonin.

Green tea – Green tea contains vitamin C, which may cause your body to produce less stress hormones.

Brown rice – It is high in vitamin B-6 and helps change tryptophan to serotonin.

Chocolate ice cream – Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a natural antidepressant. The sugar increases serotonin. The fat raises endorphin levels. Just watch the portion size."

Source: “Eat, Drink and Be Mellow,” by Charlotte Latvala, Redbook as appeared in RD Health, Reader’s Digest , July, 2002.

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