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8 stress fighting foods you NEED in your diet

By Halls 03 May 2024

Switch out end-of-day takeaways, for food that will actually help relieve that stress.

Juggling your time at uni between studying, deadlines, socialising, and staying sane can be tough but you'd be surprised how much your diet can either help or hinder you. Eating healthily is a proven stress-buster, so either eat these fresh or try to add these ingredients to your cooking to boost your mood.

Foods that will help

  1. Asparagus - Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid and one vegetable that boosts this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus. It's pretty versatile and can be used in lots of ingredients or just have on the side with something tasty.
  2. Avocado - These are packed with Vitamin B, which gives you healthy nerve and brain cells to help stamp out feelings of anxiety. So if you've got a looming deadline, it's time to stock up! 
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  3. Blueberries - They may only be small but don't be fooled - they pack a serious punch of antioxidants and Vitamin C to help with feelings of stress. You can always put them in a smoothie (with banana and yoghurt) to help you get your fix.
  4. Almonds - Put down the bag of crisps and pick up a bag of almonds to take with you to the library for a brain-boosting snack. They are rich in vitamins B2 and E meaning they'll boost your immune system too.
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  5. Oranges - A great versatile fruit that is perfect for breakfast time if you don't want anything too heavy. You can have a large one or easy peelers on the go, and even try making some freshly squeezed juice to lower your blood pressure and stress hormone cortisol.
  6. Spinach - This is the perfect addition to most meals, but be aware that you'll probably need to use a lot because it rapidly reduces in size once you start cooking! Spinach is full of magnesium that helps regulate cortisol levels and promotes positive feelings of well-being.
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  7. Turkey - Perfect for boosting your mood as it contains an amino acid that releases the chemical serotonin, giving us a sense of calm and even tiredness. It's leaner than chicken and usually cheaper too so a win-win situation! 
  8. Salmon - It might not smell great but salmon is rich in omega-3 and it's known to help keep your adrenaline from flaring when you’re feeling tense. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and smoked salmon is a perfect breakfast before a big exam! 
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A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, getting you set to tackle your essays and exams. Bon appétit!