8 things to de-stress during testing times

Times like this have reminded us to take care of our bodies and our minds like never before. If you think that your body needs care and attention and your mind to be rid of any fear, then eating right and focusing on holistic wellness is the step in the right direction.
foods to destress the body and mind

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Not all stress is bad. In a dangerous situation, stress signals the body to prepare to face a threat or flee to safety. That said, long term stress can have a tremendous adverse impact on human body. Since we are living in extremely unpredictable times where stress has become a by-product of survival, the team at Hungerpacks thought to empower its conscious and informed readers with the right knowledge to combat anxiety and live a balanced life for self and family.

We are listing down 5 superfoods beneficial to upkeep your overall health and that act as antidote to ill effects of stress and other things to keep in mind to deal with stress.

Panta Bhaat (fermented cooked rice)

A traditional dish from the Bengal hinterlands, Panta Bhaat comes from the days when refrigerator was yet to make its entry. Left over rice was soaked overnight. This fermented rice was a popular breakfast item and is extremely rich in micronutrients. It is a natural probiotic which is excellent for a healthy gut.

Benefits

It is high in nutritional value and helps to strengthen the immune system.

It helps in curing gastro issues.

It regulates good bowel movement and cures constipation.

It is a natural probiotic which is excellent for a healthy gut.

How to prepare?

Take 2 tsp cooked rice and soak it overnight in one glass of water.

How to use to consume?

Have that 2 tsp overnight soaked cooked rice along with the water first thing in the morning.

Drumsticks

Drumsticks or Moringa beans are superfoods, one of the best foods for building immunity.

Benefits

Very high on immunity boosting properties.

Excellent for diabetes, blood pressure and kidney health.

An incredible source of essential minerals, calcium, iron and phosphorus, which helps to strengthen bones.

Very high on antibacterial qualities which help in avoiding infections around the throat and chest area.

How to prepare?

Boil 6-7 pcs of finger-size cut drumsticks in normal water for 15-20 mins.

How to use to consume?

Chew the boiled drumsticks before lunch and dinner and just intake the pulp. To make it more palatable, add it in lentil soup such as ‘sambhar’ or in popular Indian mixed vegetable curries.

Jeera Pani (Cumin Water)

Cumin water is a healthy way to lose weight.

Benefits

Excellent for gastric issues and acid reflux.

It helps in regulating blood pressure and lowers LDL cholesterol levels too.

It is a great way to get a clear and healthy-looking skin.

To get a flat belly, you must try this wonder drink.

It is an excellent way to detox and helps in cleansing the entire system.

How to prepare?

Add 1 tsp jeera in 1 glass of drinking water. Boil it for 10 mins. Strain and enjoy your healthy morning jeera tea. (optional – add few drops of lemon)

How to use to consume?

Have it as herbal tea 2-3 times in a day.

Fruits

Fruits must be had on an empty stomach. An ideal way to start your day after Jeera water is by having seasonal fruits.

Benefits

Adds a lot of fiber to your body

Increases your energy levels.

Tons of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants.

Helps in bowel movement.

Helps in weight loss.

Correct way of eating fruits

It means not eating fruits after your meals.

Fruits should be eaten only on an empty stomach.

Whole Seeds

Seeds are a great source of healthy fats, vegetarian protein, fibre and antioxidants.

Seeds with vital benefits

Sunflower Seeds – Rich in Vitamin E, have fat soluble antioxidants that help to fight back diseases-causing free radicals. Sunflower seeds also contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Pumpkin Seeds – These mighty seeds are also packed with cell-protective antioxidants,including carotenoids and vitamin E. In addition to reducing inflammation, the antioxidants help fend off premature aging and chronic diseases.

Flax Seeds – Flax seeds are very high in fibre and provide good amounts of protein. They are rich in fat and one of the best plant-based sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

How to prepare? – Mix equal quantities of each of these seeds in a box.

How to consume? – Have 2-3 tsp of mixed seeds as your evening snack.

But these are not all. Along with eating right, meditation, physical exercise and good sleep are essential for the overall balance of a healthy body and mind.

Good Rest

Good sleep is important. Striving to have a peaceful night, and getting quality sleep and rest is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being.

Benefits

Helps in hormonal balance.

Reduces inflammation.

Decreases lifestyle disease risk in both adults and children.

It boosts your immunity.

Things to remember

Try to minimise exposure to any gadgets an hour before you are about sleep. This will help to ensure deep sleep.

Meditation

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Benefits

Meditation reduces inflammation and enhances our immune functions.

It also helps us focus our attention and feel less controlled by thoughts or feelings that seem challenging.

Start small – with just a few minutes every day – and consider apps that can help you with a proper guided meditation, initially.

Yoga

Yoga helps in calming your mind, body and soul.

Benefits

It has been proven scientifically that everyday yoga can prove to be beneficial in numerous ways such as relaxing the nervous system.

Eases the tensions in the body.

Increases concentration and balances the hormones in the body.

Pranayam helps in channelisation of energy to each and every cell in the human body.

Source: Reverse Factor

Most of us are aware of these simple foods and lifestyle habits, yet our busy schedules often make us skip following them before it’s too late. A healthy reminder is just to reinforce the must-dos in a situation like this. If you would like to engage in conversations, please write to us at alisha@hungerpacks.com. Afterall, there is no denying that sharing your concerns can do wonders for your mental health.

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