It’s great to enjoy exercises that make you feel great even AFTERWARD !!!
Been enjoying shopping at the local market and thought about how there are times we all need to release our stress and that prompted this article.
Enjoy and hope it helps you too !!
Take some time to smell the roses — and a whole horde of other lovely flowers, plants, and fruits that seem to zap stress.
Roses — as well as lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango, and lemon — all contain a special compound called linalool, the smell of which apparently reduces anxiety.
Loosen Up with Linalool
In animal studies, the vapors of linalool helped induce calm. Blood cells called neutrophils and lymphocytes, which change in response to stress, were brought into equilibrium by the aroma. In fact, the scent of linalool even appeared to favorably affect the way the body is programmed to handle stress on a genetic level.
More Ways to Destress
Don’t have a rose garden? Here are some other ways to feel centered fast:
You can get the magnesium you need from foods like soymilk, black beans, poultry, and halibut — or you can pop a supplement. If you don’t get enough magnesium, it may elevate your levels of substance P, a chemical that promotes pain and also plays a role in your skin’s stress response (yes, stress attacks your skin, too). So the bonus of getting enough is that you’ll feel better and look better.
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium plays a key role in hundreds of cellular processes, from metabolizing food into energy and absorbing calcium to maintaining a strong immune system and keeping your heart, muscles, and nerves functioning properly.
Recommended Amount: How Much You Need
Government guidelines suggest 420 milligrams (mg) per day for men, 320 mg for women. RealAge recommends that both men and women aim to get 400–500 mg of magnesium per day. It may be tough to get all the magnesium you need from food, so top up your daily intake with a multivitamin that contains at least 100 mg of magnesium.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have kidney disease or diabetes, are on a low-calorie diet, or are taking digitalis preparations or diuretics, talk to your doctor about how much magnesium you should be getting.
Another Stress-Fighting Hero
Along with magnesium, zinc is another workhorse nutrient you need to zap stress and look and feel your best, notes Wechsler. And you may not be getting enough if you are a vegetarian, take calcium or iron supplements, or are trying to lose weight. You want at least 12 milligrams per day, but no more than 15. A possible sign that you’re low: itchy and flaky skin.
Now a recipe I’ve found to be Yum !!
Sesame Halibut with a hint of the friendly herb Thyme !
- 2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 pound(s) halibut or mahi-mahi, cut into 4 portions
- 2 tablespoon(s) sesame seeds
- 1 3/4 tablespoon(s) dried thyme leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarse sea salt or kosher salt
- Lemon wedges, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Mix lemon juice, oil, garlic and pepper in a shallow glass dish. Add fish and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toast sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool. Mix in thyme.
- Sprinkle the fish with salt and coat evenly with the sesame seed mixture, covering the sides as well as the top. Transfer the fish to the prepared baking sheet and roast until just opaque in the center, 10 to 14 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.
Other Good Sources of Magnesium
|Spinach, cooked (1 cup)||156 mg|
|Halibut, cooked (3 ounces)||91 mg|
|Cashews (1/4 cup)||89 mg|
|Oat-bran muffin (1 medium)||89 mg|
|White beans, canned (1/2 cup)||67 mg|
|Bran cereal (3/4 cup)||64 mg|
|Brown rice, cooked (3/4 cup)||63 mg|
|Potato, baked, with skin (1 medium)||57 mg|
|Whole-wheat bread (2 slices)||46 mg|
|Walnuts (1 ounce; 14 halves)||44 mg|
|Banana (1 medium)||32 mg|