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How to Reduce Stress Through Diet and Exercise

How to Reduce Stress Through Diet and Exercise

Making sure you’re getting the right amount of exercise – and putting the right ingredients in your body – doesn’t just benefit your physical health. Something that’s scientifically-proven, yet wildly underappreciated, is the ways in which eating well and staying fit can give your mental health a boost – and, in turn, help to you to keep your stress levels in check.


At Garden of Life, we’re passionate about doing things as naturally as possible and using natural ingredients, so here are our top diet and exercise tips for reducing stress, so you can put yourself in the best position to realise the extraordinary.


How stress can impact your body


Stress can take a negative toll on the body, especially when stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, are released. These effects can include:


  • Increased blood sugar levels
  • Faster heart rate
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Heightened anxiety levels


This means that long periods of stress could affect both your mental and physical health, but eating the right foods, and doing certain types of exercise, could help to reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling ready to take on the world once again.


Stress-busting foods


With stress affecting your blood sugar levels, it’s important to eat meals at regular times to keep yours in check. Protein releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly, so we recommend eating plenty of protein-rich foods such as chicken, tuna and eggs if you’re facing a stressful situation.


Supplementing your diet with one of our vegan protein powders could also help with the slow release of sugar into your bloodstream, which may leave you feeling calmer in times of stress.



Eating foods that are naturally-rich in omega 3 could also give your mood a boost, with these fatty acids known for their positive effects on brain health. Walnuts are a good source of omega 3, as well as fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines.


Vitamin D is also known for its mood-boosting benefits, so it’s another good ingredient to incorporate in any stress relief diet. Again, fatty fish tend to be rich in vitamin D, while cheese, egg yolks and orange juice are also good sources.


If you feel as though you’re in need of an extra vitamin D boost, try our 100% organic and vegan mykind Organics Vitamin D3 Spray, which can also contribute to your bone health, as well as the health of your immune system.



The best exercises to reduce stress


Exercise triggers the release of endorphins in your brain, which can send positive energy all through your body, boosting your mood – that’s where the coveted post-workout high comes from. Here are our recommendations for the best stress-relieving exercises:


Aerobic exercise


High-energy, aerobic exercise such as circuit training or a dancing can significantly increase your heart rate, releasing a high volume of endorphins. The result is that this type of exercise could have benefits for both your physical and mental health.


Outdoor exercise


Getting out into nature to work out can be doubly calming for your mind, leaving you with that endorphin hit from your run, as well as a clearer, more relaxed mind thanks to the fresh air and peaceful, natural surroundings.



What’s more, the different wind speeds and terrain you’ll encounter along the way will force you to push yourself that bit further, leaving you with a “warm-feeling” dopamine boost afterwards from your achievement.




Yoga is known as one of the best stress-relieving exercises. It involves a lot of stretching and you need to focus on your breathing, which makes it relaxing, while building up your strength and resilience at the same time.




Sometimes, you simply need to take your stress out on something, and we can think of few exercises more fitting than kickboxing as a high-energy outlet for channelling your frustrations.


Should I take stress supplements?


A balanced diet featuring plenty of our recommended stress-busting foods, and a consistent exercise regime designed to keep your endorphin levels high, should help you to see an improvement in your mood over time.


However, if you want to try regulating your mood even further, there are stress supplements you can try.


Our Microbiome Mood+ Capsules are designed to promote emotional wellbeing and relaxation, and contain ashwagandha, a plant known for its ability to help the body to adapt physically and psychologically during periods of stress. Each capsule contains 16 different strains of live bacteria and can also help to promote good gut health and a healthy immune system.



Our Whole Food Magnesium Powder in Raspberry and Lemon may also help to keep your stress levels in check, as magnesium is known for its ability to balance electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes play an important role in helping cells to generate energy, and this powder is designed to reduce feelings of tiredness and contribute to normal psychological function.



Both of these products are part of our Healthy Mind Bundle, which also includes our mykind Organics Vitamin D3 Spray. Try incorporating all three products into your routine and see if you notice a difference to your mood.



You don’t need to stress about what you’re putting into your body with Garden of Life, as we go the extra mile to bring you the very best ingredients, tracing every single one right back to its source so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.


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2020-01-21 11:58:34By Garden of Life

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