Can you believe that studies done on cucumbers actually showed they have the ability to aid in stress relief? You heard that right! Cucumbers are stress relievers!
We all have stress hormones which act differently in our bodies (explained below) and cucumbers help slow the production of those hormones. To put it plainly – cucumbers help to soothe.
Cucumber Stress Relief
If you need a little extra stress relief, cut up two cucumbers (about 1 cup) and munch on the crispy pieces. The stress relief from the cucumbers will last up to 4 hours.
When should you eat cucumbers for stress?
Anytime you know you’ll have a stressful day or event. Also, eating 1 cup of cucumbers daily will help with the overall effects of stress.
What if you don’t like plain cucumbers?
Mix them with other stress relievers like apples, bananas, plain yogurt, dark leafy greens, chickpeas, almonds, sunflower seeds, wild rice, broccoli, red and green peppers, and orange juice.
Stress Hormones That Cause You So Much Trouble
There are three different types of stress hormones: adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. Each have their own effects on the body.
Adrenaline is responsible for the immediate effects of stress on the body. This hormone causes your heart to speed up, but also helps you to focus and become quickly aware of what’s going on.
Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone and acts a bit more slowly than adrenaline. When this hormone is released occasionally, it helps to balance blood pressure. The problem with this stress hormone is that when you worry more than occasionally, it can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, acne, and even obesity.
Norepinephrine is the stress hormone that, like adrenaline, helps you to react quickly sending extra support to the areas of the body that need it most. It helps you become more aware and focused.
Other Food Stress Relievers
Foods that are high in B vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, protein, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants are great stress relievers. What foods contain these great nutrients?
- asparagus is full of folic acid
- milk is high in vitamins B2 and B12
- almonds are a good source of vitamin E and B2
- tuna is high in vitamin B6 and B12
- blueberries are high in vitamin C and are full of antioxidants
- avocadoes are a good source of potassium
- chamomile tea is great for calming
- carrots are full of many different nutrients
- chocolate is said to help lower stress levels and improve your mood
Revitalize with Spring Veggies. First for Women, April 23, 2013 Issue