Lifestyle: Got Stress? Eat These 7 Foods To Help Eliminate the Damage | via A Harmony Healing

 I've got it, you've got it, we  all have
some amount of it in our daily lives.

Stress can be a good thing,
one that can help you excel or escape, 
and it's a natural way that our body helps 
us when we need that extra boost.

But what happens when stress is
no longer occasional or temporary?
Prolonged or chronic stress can set up a
cascade of neuro-triggers in your brain
and a whole set of anxious behavior
can start that actually perpetuates more stress.
The resulting neuro-chemicals that are released
are meant to be doled out
in short bursts, not over prologned periods.
That's why daily and constant stress can be very damaging - 
 to the mind, the body and to the major organs.
For this reason it is imperative to maintain control over your stress, 
try your best to eliminate or avoid sources of your stress.
If that's not possible, then find a new perspective for it, and do as much
as you can to create healing habits in your life to counteract any stressors.

There are many various things you can do, 
(and indeed we have often touted many of them in this blog)
but one that you might not realize as a very available 
and highly efficient anti-stress 'medicine'...
 is your food.

My friend and fellow positive change Ambassador,
Holistic Chef Shelley Alexander
has written an informative article on the 
'7 Best Healing Foods To Reduce The Effects of Stress'

When I read it, I liked it enough
to ask her if I might share it with you.
 I'm revealing the first 4 items here...

by Shelley Alexander, CHFS:
The 7 best healing foods to eat
to reduce the effects of stress include:
Rainbow Chard
 1. Organic Leafy Greens and Herbs
Organic leafy green vegetables and herbs are filled with
important phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins C, K, and E,
B vitamins, chlorophyll, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, 
amino acids, water, enzymes, and fiber which are crucial for
fighting the effects of stress and strengthening your immune system.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: kale, spinach, collard greens,
cabbage, Swiss chard, arugula, mustard greens, turnip greens,
dandelion greens, watercress, romaine lettuce, green and red oak leaf lettuce,
chicory, bok choy, escarole, basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme,
tarragon, oregano, mint, sage, rosemary.

Root vegetables at farmers market
 2. Organic Root Vegetables
Organic root vegetables grown in organic, mineral-rich soil 
provide important stress fighting nutrients like beta-carotene,
lpha-carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, potassium, 
magnesium, calcium, and fiber.  Root vegetables are also an 
excellent source of complex carbohydrates that help boost serotonin levels.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: beets, radishes, sweet potatoes 
or yams, turmeric, carrots, parsnips, turnips, celeriac root, 
parsley root, ginger, and purple potatoes.

 3. Organic Allium Vegetables
Organic Allium vegetables are important health promoting vegetables 
 that offer fantastic protection against the effects of stress. 
These vegetables have a high level of antioxidants and phytochemicals 
that strengthen your immune system and protect against 
free radical damage caused by stress. Allium vegetables are also
rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, sulfur, calcium, and quercetin 
which help protect against free radicals, cleanse the blood, fights 
inflammation, and protects against damage caused by stress and toxins.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis: garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and scallions.

Fresh berries
 4. Organic Berries
Organic berries are a wonderful source of important antioxidants, 
vitamin C, carotenoids, phytochemicals, water, enzymes, 
and fiber that work together to provide protection against chronic stress. 
The antioxidants in berries also protect the body from producing too much cortisol.
Top choices to eat on a daily basis include: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, 
acai berries, goji berries, blackberries, mulberries, golden berries, and maqui berries...
That's just 4 out of the total 7.
 Get the full list of all 7 healing Foods,
original post of the article 
via Shelley's blog on her website, A Harmony Healing.
You can also ask Shelley your own question 
about what to eat to help your particular issue. 
 Add your own comment - Say hello to Shelley, and to be sure
to let her know I sent you, include this blog link!
(as well as your own, if you are a blogger)

I'd also like to tell you about  Chef Shelley's 
fantastic new recipe book called
"Deliciously Holistic

You'll find many yummy recipes for all of these 7 food sets,
making it super easy and delicious to incorporate them into your diet.
And if you're already eating them, 
her recipes offer tasty new options for you to try!

 It occurs to me, this may seem like it, but is not
 a paid or requested promotion!
It's just the I love what Shelley puts out into the world
to create positive change and I wanted to share it with you!
Hope you enjoy it, and I hope you will support Shelley too. 
We need more positive change, from anywere we can find it!

live beautifully!