There is an undeniable link between stress and reproductive health. High stress levels can contribute to several gynecological health issues including fertility issues, problems with your period, and a decreased sex drive. We understand that it can be difficult to avoid getting stressed out, but there are healthy ways to help manage and cope with your stress. This includes what you eat. It’s a fact that certain foods can help women reduce their stress levels, and in turn, promote better reproductive and general health. Here are a few such foods you may want to try:
Nuts are loaded with nutrients like B vitamins and healthy fatty acids that can naturally help improve the quality of your diet and lower stress levels. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and especially pistachios can also help women reduce their blood pressure. However, remember to limit your serving size to just a handful a day if you’re concerned about excess calories.
Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can also be helpful in reducing stress. Dark chocolate can actively lower the levels of stress hormones in a woman’s body. Additionally, simply indulging in something as pleasurable as treating yourself to a piece of chocolate can be its own form of stress relief for many people.
In addition to providing a delicious way to jazz up any salad or sandwich, avocados can also help with stress. Avocados are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce stress and anxiety levels, and even ease depression symptoms by improving communication between nerve cells. Thanks to their versatility, avocados can easily be integrated into many different kinds of snacks or meals.
Much like avocados, certain kinds of fatty fish can also be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is likely the most common thing many people will think of when hearing “fatty fish”, but tuna, halibut, herring, trout, and sardines can all contribute to lower stress levels and better cardiovascular health.
Stress is a natural and unavoidable part of life. Hopefully following these recommendations can help form a healthier diet that can cut back on your stress levels and improve your overall and reproductive health. For more information on reproductive health and nutrition, or if you would like to request an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or physician assistant Nikki McCann, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more reproductive tips, updates, and info on our upcoming health and wellness events.