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10 Naturally-Calming Foods to Nosh On

When you feel the stress coming on, do you run to the vending machine for a chocolate bar?

It shouldn’t surprise you that many of the “comfort” foods we’re drawn to in times of stress—fast food, refined sweet, and process carbohydrates—often end up exacerbating our stress levels rather than soothing them. So rather than seeking temporary emotional anesthesia with a chocolate bar that will quickly wears off, try noshing on these ten foods with naturally-calming properties…

1. Turkey

Do you know that sleepy feeling that washes over you after enjoying some Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? That’s tryptophan (or more accurately, l-tryptophan), the amino acid required to produce serotonin (the “feel good” hormone). Just 4-ounces of white meat from this sleep-lulling bird will calm you into a peaceful slumber and help you ward off stress-related depression.

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