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6 Best Vegetables for Stress Relief

stressLike fruit, it is important to get plenty of vegetables into your diet. Again, if this is difficult for you to do, tossing them into a smoothie is an easy and delicious solution.

Spinach. One cup of spinach provides about 40 percent of your body’s daily need for magnesium. Without enough magnesium, you may feel tired and experience migraines even on a good, non-stressful day. And of course, getting enough magnesium will help your body hold up during a stressful day.

Asparagus. When a person is stressed, their body releases hormones that affect their mood. Vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and B vitamins aid in making serotonin, which directly affects your mood in a positive way. Asparagus is high in folic acid.

Green Vegetables. To provide lots of key vitamins necessary for the body during times of stress, broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are key.

Cabbage contains high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, and Vitamin A. It also contains high concentrations of beta-carotene and selenium. All of these vitamins and minerals act as powerful antioxidants in the body, which is very useful in managing stress.

Cucumbers are a great stress reducing food. They play an important role in cooling our bodies down, which helps control the secretion of hormones in the liver and into the blood. The liver helps the adrenal glands regulate their stress managing activity.

Carrots. When stressed out, it can be helpful to munch on crunchy food. Carrots are crunchy, nutrient-rich and low in calories. A perfect snack to grab when you are feeling stressed!