Diet is – surprisingly – one of a handful of effect ways to help deal with stress and limit the effect of stress on your body. We take a look at the effects of stress on your body, and the top superfoods that can help to support against the negative effects of stress.
Just thinking about stress is enough to get your heart racing. Stress is something we deal with in our everyday lives. Stress can have a positive effect in times of need – fight or flight response, but chronic ongoing stress on the other hand, can have detrimental effects to our health.
These days our body is exposed to stressful situations on a different level. Stress can be physical, environmental or emotional and our busy lives seem to be full of it, without the chance of recovery. When our body is under stress our nutritional requirements are significantly increased, therefore a nourishing diet can be the first line of support for our body to help counteract the detrimental effects of stress.
How can stress affect our body?
Skin – dry skin, eczema, hives, acne
Heart – increased blood pressure
Digestion – indigestion, reflux, ulcers, diarrhoea
Muscles and Joints- headaches, pains, inflammation
Mind – insomnia, depression, anxiety, anger and fatigue
This is just a brief overview. Sounds scary huh? Enough reasons to try to manage stress and nurture our body with the right foods to combat its negative effects? I think so!
Superfoods to the rescue
Superfoods contain concentrated levels of nutrients and help the body function at its optimal level to manage the effects of stress.
1. Radiance Acai + Berries
These tiny fruits may look small but are packed full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight damaged caused by environmental stressors. Acai, blueberries, goji berries and pomegranate provide vitamins A, B-Complex vitamins, E and C that are essential for the repair and protection of body cells, making them great during times of stress. Not only that, they also taste great as an addition to your smoothie or breakfast every day.
2. Radiance Cacao
Reaching for chocolate in times of stress can be substituted with Cacao, a great alternative without the sugar and fat of normal chocolate and full of nutrients that have stress managing qualities. Cacao is packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that support physical and mental health. Stress can deplete magnesium in the body and Cacao is a good source of magnesium, in fact it has about 3 times more magnesium than a cup of spinach. It also contains nutrients that support the nervous system a happy outlook. Cacao can be used in a hot chocolate, smoothies, in baking and in your breakfast cereal.
3. Radiance Maca
Maca is a root from South America that has traditionally been used for strength, libido and endurance. Our adrenal glands are responsible for regulating our response to stress. This highly nutritious root has adaptogenic qualities, in other words, it supports the adrenal glands in times of stress and helps with energy production. To top this off, Maca is full of vitamins and minerals that help to nourish our body for general health and well-being. Maca powder has a great malty caramel taste and can be added to your juices, smoothies or baking.