5. Green Tea
If you are someone, who regularly performs yoga, exercises, or indulges in a few minutes of meditation, calm might allude you. Rather than getting that’s same old direction of Xanax from your doctor, prefer a healthy alternative to relax. Get few herbs and sip a delicious cup of tea. People of China, India, Japan and Thailand, have regularly used green tea not only as a refreshing drink but also to combat stress. As per the medical science, green tea can enhance the oral as well as cardiovascular health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Green tea has multiple health benefits.
How Does This Work?
The tea ingredients consist of antioxidants such as catechins, flavonoids and polyphenols. Combined, they give a calm effect to the body and mind. The best medicinal ingredient is theanine, which can enhance relaxation, concentration by stimulating the creation of brain waves called alpha waves. Theanine also alters the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine and serotonin. Black tea can also be used for effective treatment of stress. The benefits are found to be more in individuals if they do not have habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol.
The main medicinal ingredients in green tea that can remove physical and mental fatigue are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC) and epicatechin gallate (ECG). All the four are polyphenols.
Green Tea Is Not Good, If:
- You are suffering from anaemia. The condition will worsen.
- You have a bleeding disorder. Refrain from drinking green tea.
- You are on medication and taking amphetamines.
Blueberries can be relished either as a sweet snack or as a part of the diet in a fruit salad. They are best used in muffins and desserts. Whether you are consuming blueberries in your daily diet or drinking as fresh juice, they are one of the best home remedies for stress. They have high amounts of anthocyanin (an antioxidant), which have been associated with many positive health results, even including sharp cognition. All berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries) are enriched with vitamin C; hence, they are one of the best foods to deal with stress.
How Does This Work?
Similar to green tea, blueberries are also rich in antioxidants that can decrease various levels of stress. Also, they also consist of Vitamin C, E along with minerals such as manganese and magnesium. Another advantage of having blueberries is that it has been found effective in handling insomnia, depression and any disorders (mood) which can contribute or trigger stress. The stress situation is produced by cortisol and the Vitamin C in the body is reduced. The Vitamin C and antioxidants in blueberries reduce the levels of cortisol and keep the blood pressure normal.
Berries Are Not Good, If:
- You are diabetic. Blueberries can reduce the blood sugar levels.
- You are opting for surgery. The berries might alter the blood sugar levels.
- You are taking medications for blood thinning.