We all feel wrung out sometimes by the stress of daily life and,
unfortunately, we tend to reach for junk food. But high-calorie or sugary
foods only trick us into thinking we feel better. Eating healthy food—and
making that a conscious choice—can actually offer some real stress relief.
End the cycle of eating bad-for-you foods and find relief elsewhere. Instead,
add these truly anti-stress foods to your diet.
While oranges get all of the vitamin C hype, red peppers have about twice as
much (95 vs. 50 mg per 1/2-cup serving). In a study in
Psychopharmacology, people who took high doses of C before engaging in
stress-inducing activities (oral presentation followed by solving math
problems aloud) had lower blood pressure and recovered faster from the
cortisol surge than those who got a placebo. "Diets loaded with vitamin-C-
rich foods lower cortisol and help people cope