If you are under a lot of stress there are a lot of things that the stress can do to your mind and body. One in particular is to raise your blood pressure to an unhealthy manner. It can interfere with your sleep patterns, raise blood sugar levels and mess with your immune system. Believe it or not, there are some foods that you can eat that will actually help you fight stress. Below are some great foods that help to reduce stress when eaten.

If you love walnuts then keep them on hand because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, copper, manganese as well as tryptophan. All of these ingredients in the walnut has the power to lower your blood pressure as well as protect your heart. Walnuts will also help to improve the function of your brain and they also help to improve you immune system. They are also good as an anti-inflammatory and can help to relieve asthma, eczema as well as arthritis. Tryptophan also helps to relax a person and makes it easier to get a good night sleep.

Love chocolate? You’re going to love it even more. As delicious as it is it also contains what is called flavonoids and flavonoids will help to relax you. The phenethylene will also help improve the mood that you are in. You don’t need to have much chocolate in order to reap the benefits of these two ingredients. Because chocolate is high in fat and calories so it’s a good idea to limit how much you eat.

Oatmeal is another good food for stress. Oatmeal is known to stimulate the production the natural mood elevator called serotonin. It will also help to satisfy our body’s craving for the carbohydrates that it needs. It is extremely high in fiber so oatmeal is going to fill you up more than a lot of other foods.

You know the old commercial “Milk does a body good.” Well, it does. Milk is just loaded with calcium and it also is one of the best natural tranquilizers. One glass of milk drank at bedtime will relax a person enough to be able to relax and fall asleep. Milk will lessen muscle cramps as well and even migraine headaches. Other good benefits found from drinking milk is that it will improve a person’s nerve and muscle functions and as well know is great for our bones and teeth. Milk also is believed to be able to actually protect against certain cancers.

Another thing you should think about is the amount of potassium your body gets. In order to get good amounts of potassium to help with stress is through certain vegetables and fruits. Some of those would be broccoli, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes. Fruits that lower stress and have potassium are bananas, apples, oranges and strawberries.