Are you thirsty? Thirst may not seem like something related to stress but that is actually far from the truth. Chronic stress can cause you to sweat and urinate more causing excessive thirst. Our first reaction is always to reach for something to help us with a quick solution, like medication or energy drinks. These can be harmful to our bodies and have major side effects. Instead, try these 6 drinks that calm anxiety and stress naturally.
Stress is something all of us mothers face and it is a natural reaction to life’s challenges. So the best way to deal with stress is naturally.
1. Cherry Juice
Though you won’t become stress-free immediately, Tart cherry juice has the ability to increase the duration of your quality of sleep, this will over time help reduce stress by helping you stay calm throughout your day. We all can use quality sleep!
Other benefits include the ability to reduce inflammation around the heart, lower cholesterol, and support healthy joints.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is showing up more and more and has gained popularity because of its ability to increase energy. However, it is an excellent source of the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folate, so it has the ability to help you sleep.
It also contains magnesium and potassium which helps the muscles to relax. It contains electrolytes which keep us hydrated and prevents us becoming possibly stressed from dehydration. Electrolytes are also supposed to keep us stress-free throughout the day.
3. Fresh Juice
Fresh juice provides an easy but effective way to fight stress by giving our body the vitamins and antioxidants it needs. You can simply make your own juice out of fresh fruits and vegetables using a juicer. Vitamin C helps your body control its response to stress so toss in some fruits like mango, cantaloupe, and berries.
Vitamin B is important to help manage stress so by simply adding spinach, kale, carrots or squash you can add some extra B vitamins in your diet.
4. Oat Straw (Avena Sativa)
Oat straw reverses the effects of the body after hormones are released by the adrenal gland during stress to bring the body back to a serene state. It is used as a tea, an infusion, a tincture, and even as a homeopathic remedy.
5. Warm Milk
Mothers have been giving their children warm milk for ages as a way to calm them before bed. I honestly hated the taste but, Mother knows best, right? Cause it actually works.
Milk contains an amino acid-tryptophan-which is converted into serotonin. High levels of serotonin help relieve stress by improving your mood and bringing you to a calm state. Warming the milk gives the same soothing effect as tea.
6. Water (room-temperature)
Last but not least, water. Something we have access to and take for granted. Water really is good for you.
Our organs need water in order to function correctly. Not to mention without the right amount of water each day our bodies get what? DEHYDRATED! And dehydration leads to — Stress, because of the raised levels of cortisol (the hormone that is released when you are stressed).
So taking this simple drink for granted can cause stress and other side effects to our bodies including; fatigue and tiredness, constipation, and weight gain.
People react differently to water, too much can cause more trips to the bathroom. Some of us need more due to health reasons ( I take seizures meds which way on my liver so I have to drink more than others). When you are thirsty your body is telling you to drink. When you exercise or have diarrhea you must replace the liquids.
Make sure you listen to your body!
One of the most important things you can do for your body is hydrate it. But you don’t want to fill your body with all those unhealthy sodas and energy drinks, some of which can add stress to your body. By sticking to healthy natural drinks you can help make sure your organs get the nourishment it needs and help you perform at your best.
I am sure you, like many of us, were unaware that there were drinks that could actually help you when your stressed levels were elevated but know that you know do you think you will be able to add more of these drinks to your diet?
If so, which drinks are your favorite?
If you already use natural drinks that calm anxiety and stress I would love to hear about them and your experiences below. Also, any comments or feedback is always welcome!