Feeling Stressed?

Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid is known as the “anti-stress” vitamin because it’s involved in the production of cortisone and other adrenal hormones, which are known to counteract stress. B5 is found in most whole foods so you really only need a supplement if you eat a diet high in processed or refined foods.

The best food sources are egg yolks, fish, chicken, whole-grain cereals, cheese, peanuts and a variety of veggies such as, sweet potatoes, green peas, cauliflower, mushrooms & avocados. Taking it in a multi-vitamin or B50 complex, which usually contains 50-100mg, is good insurance.

Are you noticed a trend here with avocado? They are one of the best sources of B vitamins. You may love them anyways, but now you can feel even better about including them in your diet. They are considered a good quality fat though and ½ of a large avocado is about 160 calories, so just make sure you eat them in moderation.

Exercise is another great way to relieve stress. Try to incorporate 30 minutes of heart-raising exercise, 3 times per week. Exercise releases the same endorphins as some anti-depressant medications, and sweating rids your body of built-up toxins and burn calories.

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