Many of the solutions out there to reduce stress are really very elaborate, and/or very hard to do. But the following are seven easy drinks to make that will reduce your stress levels and make the process fun at the same time.
1. Chocolate milk
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, mixed with milk brings a rich array of nutrients and chemicals that stimulate the body to produce a feel good neurotransmitter called anandamide, and enables it to act for a longer time.
A 2013 research conducted by UCLA showed that bacteria are an important contributor to stress. The brain is known to communicate with the gut by releasing chemicals and apparently, the gut is able to communicate back. This is the reason why gastrointestinal complications are made worse by stress.
The research fed 36 women who had generalized anxiety disorders yogurt with probiotics (harmless live bacteria), some without probiotics, and others none at all. The result they got was that those fed with yogurt with probiotics had a significant decline in their anxiety symptoms. The researchers speculated that probiotics in yogurt lowered brain activity in the area that processes stress and other emotions.
Milk contains vitamin D, a well known nutrient for brain function, which also boosts happiness. Numerous studies have shown a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and high levels of mental and emotional disorders like panic attacks and depression.
This is the reason why so many people enjoy drinking milk or having a beverage with milk in it in the mornings.
4. Green tea
Green tea contains theanine, a very powerful compound that relaxes the brain. It has been shown to alleviate anxiety. Drink the decaffeinated version to allow for maximum impact.
5. Alcoholic drinks
This particular option is not for everybody. In some it reduces stress, while in others it causes stress. It all depends on how your body reacts to it. But in both types of people, it should only be consumed in moderate amounts.
6. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is a well known stress reliever. It reduces stress hormones in the brain while also calming scattered nerves. It has also been shown to ease symptoms of stress like headaches, dizziness, insomnia and many more.
7. Black tea
In a study conducted in 2007, people who drank black tea for six weeks had a reduced post-stress cortisol level. You should take the decaffeinated version to maximize impact.
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