What you eat, or don’t eat, can affect your mood and stress level.
Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce stress hormones, like cortisol, which in turn helps boost your mood.
Preliminary research in this area suggests increasing Omega-3s (DHA and EPA types) may help with both anxiety and depression. One recent study in Spain showed that people who ate 3-4 ounces of shellfish rich in Omega-3 lowered their risk of anxiety, depression, and stress by 30%.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish like salmon or tuna) at least two times (two servings) a week. Also consider sunflower seeds, flaxseed or flaxseed oil, walnuts, or high quality fish oil supplements.
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