Food for Mood- De Stress Nutrition (Cortisol)

By Nmami Agarwal     08-Feb 2019

Food for Mood- De Stress Nutrition (Cortisol)

The familiar but not so normal state where, what you feel when life demands exceed your ability to meet those demands is stress. Cortisol- a hormone has very significant role in helping the body respond to stress. During ‘fight or flight’ mechanism the adrenal gland releases cortisol also known as hydrocortisone in response to fear and stress. It’s a steroid hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body, including metabolism and the immune response.

Excess of cortisol

‘Twenty one century syndrome’ leads most of us to experience a state of perpetual stress; it’s a state of always being in rush, worried and frantic. Elevated levels of cortisol disrupt almost all our body processes which include anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart diseases, head ache, obesity, and memory and concentration impairment.

Banish cortisol

Ever felt like having chocolates during stress? That helps! Various elements can be added in our diet in order to get rid of cortisol.

  • Black Tea shots: Black tea can be the best thing to have in order to significantly reduce stress. It helps in lower cortisol quickly due to which it also helps in reducing horrible feeling related to stress and also the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.
  • Blueberries: To fight stress, antioxidants and phytonutrients present in blueberries fight off the stress levels in your defense while helping improve your body’s response to stress and stress-related free radicals.
  • Dark chocolates: Cocoa helps in stabilizing plaques and minimizes their risk of rupture by reducing smooth muscle cell proliferation. One to two bites can significantly improve mood and mood chemicals.
  • Fatty Fish: Fatty fish such as salmon sardines, mackerel and other oily cold –water fish can reduce the levels cortisol and stress due to omega 3 fatty acids present in them.
  • Banana: Banana is rich in magnesium which helps in controlling cortisol and also other magnesium rich foods like green leaf vegetables can be supporting in banishing cortisol.

Apart from diet, sufficient sleep, sunlight, deep breathing, exercise and mindful meditation also helps in controlling Cortisol.

 

Over to you

Every person has different levels of breaking down depends on how much stress they can take. Potassium rich diets, carbohydrates, vitamin C, omega 3s in our diets can help in releasing balanced cortisol levels which help us dealing with stress and all related body processes.

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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of

coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple

sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value

Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally

occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric

acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.

Ingredients

40 grams Goan rice flour

¼ fresh coconut

1 tablespoon Jaggery

1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut

Pinch of cardamom powder

Nuts (optional)

Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal

Carbs- 28.6 grams

Protein- 1.9 grams

Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert

Method

First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom

powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your

hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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Pinaca recipe is easy to make and come out with sweet results. So, make this nutritious recipe for

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Amla scientifically called Phyllanthus emblica or more commonly Indian gooseberry. It can be put to innumerable uses like in culinary, shampoos, hair oils and in ayurvedic medicines. This amla churna or powder can be put to many uses like it can be taken with water for wonderful results, make amla tea using this powder, add it to curries, or consume with lemon and honey.

Nutritional Values

Amla has high contents of ascorbic acid (vitamin-c) flavonoids, Ellagic acid and Gallic acid. It helps in reducing blood sugar level in the body. High in digestive fibre content. Prevents hair loss and greying of hair. Helps in curing sore throat and prevents constipation.

Ingredients

200 grams amla

Calories- 116 kcal
Carbs- 27.4 grams
Proteins- 1 gram
Fats- 0.2 gram

Methods

After through washing, cut and dry the amlas in direct sunlight for few days till they are completely dry.

After the juice is evaporated completely, transfer the dried amla in a grinder and blend it coarsely.

Sift the amla powder through a sieve to achieve smooth powder.

Voila! Your home made amla powder is ready.

Store this powder in an airtight container.

Use every day as needed.

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