Six seasonal stress busters

The chaos of Christmas may leave you reaching for a few generous G&Ts, but they’ll hinder rather then help. Nutritionist Juliette Kellow offers some eating advice for those of us already dreading the festive season.

Six seasonal stress busters

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Turkey

is packed with tryptophan, which boosts levels of serotonin, our very own calm-inducing brain chemical.

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Salmon

is another good source of tryptophan.

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Stilton

and

Brie

are both loaded with nerve-calming B vitamins.

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Brussels sprouts

are great for topping up folate, a B vitamin that keep the nervous system healthy. 

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Nuts

are a rich source of muscle-relaxing magnesium and stress-relieving B vitamins. 

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Satsumas

are a fabulous source of immune-boosting vitamin C.
And three to avoid…

 

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    Booze will dehydrate you, making it even harder to concentrate on what you need to do.

     

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    Chocolates have a high sugar content and will send blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride, and the caffeine will make you even more anxious.

     

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    Crisps and savoury snacks are loaded with salt, which will speed up dehydration.

     

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