Part one of this four-part series addresses one of the EXOS 4 Pillars of Human Performance – mindset. Part two shifts our focus to the ways nutrition can support a healthy mindset and lessen the effects of stress and anxiety.
Nutrition: Fuel the brain’s ability to cope
Food can be both fuel and medicine for the body and brain. What we eat can also directly affect our moods and ability to cope with stress. Fuel your family’s mental health with foods that are proven to have a positive impact on mood and resilience, which is our ability to bounce back after experiencing stress:
- Chicken and turkey contain tryptophan and can help boost serotonin levels.
- Fish and nuts provide Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce the effects of elevated stress hormones.
- Dairy and eggs contain vitamin B-12 which has been associated with lower levels of depression.
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale provide folate to support a positive mindset.
- Citrus fruits provide vitamin C, which supports the immune system and helps reduce stress hormones.
- Whole grain products provide complex carbohydrates to boost serotonin and energy levels.
- Black tea consumption could help lower stress hormone levels and promote calm.
- Raw vegetables are a great source of antioxidants to reduce free radical damage caused by stress.
Do you need help establishing better eating habits for yourself or your family? Contact Mercy Nutrition Services for a consultation and a plan of action.