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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Swiss Chard

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This versatile leafy green is loaded with magnesium, which is considered by many nutrition experts as the ultimate “anti-stress” mineral. “Magnesium helps muscles and nerves relax,” says Rachel Fiske, a nutrition consultant and personal trainer in San Francisco, CA. According to Fiske, a deficiency in magnesium can lead to high blood pressure, unregulated blood sugar and headaches. Talk about stress.

To de-stress: Steam, lightly sauté or toss one cup of Swiss chard into a good, hearty soup (right before serving) to reap the benefits.

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