Feeling stressed? Try eating
some carbohydrates. They truly are a calming food. This is due to the effect on
one's brain chemistry, not on blood sugar, as is often thought. People who are
calm by nature can have blood sugar levels equally as high as people that are
stressed can. In fact, one's blood sugar can be high even while asleep.
What causes the calming effect
of carbohydrates is the ability they have to produce the neurotransmitter
serotonin. Serotonin is what gives you a calm, relaxed feeling. Chocolate
contains serotonin. For a longer lasting calming effect from the carbohydrates
you eat, eat complex carbohydrates. Following is a list of some of the more
commonly eaten foods that apply here:
pasta with tomato sauce
Dry cereal with no milk
Vitamin B6 is necessary for
producing serotonin, so be sure to eat foods with B6 in them. Eating these foods
high in B6 will ensure that you have the tools for calming foods to do their
work. The following foods are high in B6 and carbohydrates:
Calcium is also known to reduce irritability and nervousness in women with
premenstrual symptoms. Less nervousness means more calm. The effect of calcium
absorption is not as immediate as that of eating high-carbohydrate foods but if
taken regularly it can help. Try to get 1,200 mg spread out over the day,
preferably in three doses. Calcium is best absorbed in small amounts.
Chamomile was used during the 1800s to calm hysteria. Today it is used for many
things, including relieving stress and anxiety. It is also an anti-spasmodic and
aids in relieving cramps and digestive problems associate with a nervous
stomach. Add some honey to your chamomile tea to benefit from the calming
effects of carbohydrates as well.
Have a healthy snack and calm down!