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For Stress, Superfoods Are Better Than Comfort Foods

Comfort food provides little solace to the stressed. In fact, the term “comfort food” is a complete misnomer and the far more aptly named “superfoods” are what you need to uplift your spirits. That was the conclusion of a CNN study that investigated the stress reducing benefits of the so-called “comfort foods”. Rather than providing serenity, this general class of food is laden with unhealthy fats and sugars. They can lead to weight gain, disease and are bereft of stress busting nutrients.

Choosing healthy foods when you’re stressed can boost your mood. Some of the best foods to eat for stress include dark chocolate, dark leafy greens, turkey breast, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, fermented foods, blueberries, and more. Click here to check out my article on the 10 best superfoods for stress relief.

Stress can be a serious gender-bender in women. It elevates androgens (male sex hormones), which can affect a woman’s menstrual cycles, fertility, weight, and more. Chronic stress can have serious health consequences, including weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It may also trigger heart attack and the onset of dementia.

One empowering method to fight stress and bring tranquility into your life is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. EFT is an empowering multipurpose tool that can help you cope with stress and positively impact your health.
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