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5 Stress Reliever Foods You Need In Your Kitchen

It goes without saying that life can get hectic, so we compiled a list of foods to help with stress relief. Yes, stress relief, if we remember in our previous article #HustleCulture Booked & Busy But What about Rest? We touched on the rising risk of stroke in young adults due to sleep deprivation and stress.

Making sure the foods you keep in your pantry provide you with the necessary nutrients is essential to keeping your stress levels low. Below is a list of 5 food items you should incorporate into your meals.

Banana: Bananas are a good source of dopamine, and one serving can give you 23% of the daily potassium you need. They also contain over 40% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B6, making them a vitamin-friendly and stress-reducing gold mind! 

Yogurt: Most know that yogurt has natural probiotics that are good for the digestive system but did you know that it also helps with stress relief? The process of fermentation milk allows “good” bacteria to rise in yogurt.  Research is finding much stress causing hormones to rest in the gut, so eating foods that balance gut health are needed in our book!

Oatmeal: Oatmeal, one of the go-to breakfast items, is also on the list for stress-relieving foods. The high magnesium content helps satisfy hunger which allows high levels of serotonin to flow through the body.  

Dark Chocolate: We were happy to see chocolate on stress-relieving foods. Yes, dark chocolate is an item you do not have to take out of your kitchen. Instead, tell them HUED said to keep it because it has been proven a mood booster. One study observed high anxiety patients and found that 40g of daily serving over two weeks had a noticeable impact on their mood and gut health.

Tea: It is tea time! Tea is a beverage that is a proven stress reliever. Over six weeks, such as black and green teas have been proven to help reduce cardiovascular issues. Depression and anxiety are linked to cardiovascular problems positively impacted by team consumption.

Also, take this moment to contact your primary care provider (or find one) to set up an appointment to discuss more stress-relieving foods. Finally, look at the HUED directory that connects Black, Latinx, and Indigenous patients with culturally humble medical providers.

Site content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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The Impact of the Corner Store

Specific experiences seem similar in our storytelling when growing up in communities that center marginalized people of color. One, in particular, the corner store, aka the mini-mart, bodega, whatever you called it, they are the one-stop shops for the local neighborhood. 

Individuals can get groceries, medications, news, and it is a community gathering spot. Unfortunately, although they seem to be a staple in the communities of marginalized people of color, they lack many of the staple items our bodies need and the culturally competent doctors the community needs. 

According to Feeding America, hunger and food insecurity impacts 12% of our 41 million population. Food insecurity can be seen clearer in communities across the country where marginalized people of color unknowingly live in Food Deserts.  

Food Deserts are low-income tracts in which a substantial number or proportion of the population has low access to supermarkets or large grocery stores. Many corner stores lack items or large quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables but continue to have bags of chips, sodas, and processed foods, high in sodium and high in sugar.  

Many providers have admitted that food deserts are “complex problems” that require continuous dialogue between patients and providers. Providers must have the cultural competency to have these conversations before making recommendations. 

Fast Food: Oppression Through Poor Nutrition states that poor nutrition can lead to: 

  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Lack of Focus
  • Deficits in Brain Function
  • Insufficient Sleep

In children, poor nutrition can show a lack of focus or other disruptions in the classroom. Hunger in children is why school meal programs are essential because, for some students, it may be their one daily meal. Currently,22 million children in America rely on school programs for breakfast and lunch. 

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With 12% of our country experiencing food insecurity, food justice should matter to everyone within the healthcare system. We cannot adequately advocate for healthy communities until we address food insecurity which looks like:

  • Creating community garden programs 
  • Understanding adequate community transportation 
  • Understanding, not all grocery stores are NOT the same or benefit every individual community. Farmers Markets > Grocery Stores (farmers markets more affordable than grocery stores)
  • Have more health care professionals speaking out about food deserts and food insecurity.
  • Check out State Anti-Hunger Organization Lists to see what your state is doing to end hunger:

We also encourage you to continue asking questions and expressing concerns when engaging with your provider. Questions such as those below can start the conversation:

  • Do you understand what a Food Desert is and how it impacts my choices?
  • How can I supplement my diet with what is in my surrounding area?
  • Are you aware of any programs (i.e., community gardens, transportation) in that I am eligible to participate?
  • What other health concerns are you finding based on my diet? Do we have a plan to address them?
  • Do you understand the cultural significance of the foods I eat?

These questions allow open dialogue and a collaborative approach between the patient and physician when approaching nutrition. In addition, during the summer of 2022, HUED will be launching its E-learning pilot course centering on cultural competency. This program will equip care seekers and providers with the information needed to understand how these health detriments impact us individually and as a community. 

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Achieving food equity is a system issue that requires change beyond community effort. Finding a provider that understands this health detriment can help open a dialogue about nutrition. 

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Site content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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