6 Stress-Fighting Foods

When stewing with stress, it’s hard to believe that anything will make you feel more comforted than a pound of chocolates, a family-size pizza and/or a tub of Half Baked ice cream.

Unfortunately, the high from high-fat, calorie-chocked and sugary foods doesn’t last long and the aftermath can wreak havoc on your mood, health and waistline. Luckily, Mother Nature can hook you up and lower your stress.

We've indentified six stress-busting food superheroes, all designed to strengthen your immune system, regulate stress hormones, lower blood pressure and keep junk food at bay.

Stressed out? Try reaching for:

1. Bananas. This fruit is packed with vitamin B, a heavy hitter when it comes to regulating stress. By keeping nerves and brain cells healthy, this nutrient keeps blood pressure and stress hormones in check during high-tension situations that trigger a fight-or-flight response.

2. Leafy greens. Chock full of calcium and magnesium, which studies show relax muscle fibers, these super vegetables can have relaxing, calming effects on the body. If you still hating eating your veggies, um, you can grow up, or look to whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes (like beans), which are also great sources of the nutrient. Shoot to have a big salad loaded with magnesium powerhouses for dinner and you’ll likely sleep better that night.

3. Fatty fish. Oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, which boost happy brain chemicals like serotonin and regulate stress hormones like cortisol. You only need to have two or three servings per week, plus daily supplements if your doctor advises.

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