30 Calming Foods for a More Stress-Free Life

Next time you're agitated, skip the chocolate and simmer down with these naturally calming foods (31 Photos)

Mike Nguyen on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:48PM

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Pumpkin Seeds

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“Zinc is essential for immune health and stress management, particularly in our fast-paced urban lifestyles,” says Fiske. And pumpkin seeds are chock full of it! Symptoms of a zinc deficiency include loss of appetite, irritability and depression. So a handful of pumpkin seeds now and then isn't a bad idea.

To de-stress: Toss a quarter cup in a salad for some extra crunch…and to keep your zinc reserve high. You can also try roasting the seeds and tossing them with olive oil and a sprinkle with salt for a satisfying snack.

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