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8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress

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3. Reduce Stress by Eating Garlic

The main ingredient in garlic when digested is organosulfur allicin, which triggers your body to produce hydrogen sulfide. The combo creates an internal reaction that relaxes blood vessels and encourages blood flow. Translation: garlic is good for your heart and your head and helps manage stress.

4. Reduce Stress by Eating Chocolate

Balance isn’t just for yoga. In fact, a little bit of chocolate can go a long way when it comes to your diet. Dark chocolate has been shown to be filled with antioxidant flavonoids (which can minimize your risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure). Some scientists have gone so far as to claim that the sweet stuff has more flavonoids than any other food (including blueberries). According to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those said flavonoids help blood vessels relax, helping calm overall stress. Word to the wise, choose the lower fat dark chocolate to milk chocolate. It has a higher count of the good stuff. And of course opt for organic chocolate.

A Few Organic Chocolate Options to Salivate Over:

  1. Dagoba Eclipse 87 percent Organic Extra Dark Chocolate. We are getting crazy here now with this souped up super dark chocolate bar that offers flavor elements of tart and only slightly sweet citrus. Your taste buds start playing tricks on you once you reach this intensity! We also love their annual Seed the Day campaign that supports urban greening activities and encouraging volunteerism.
  2. Shaman Chocolates Organic Dark Chocolate with Acai, Lemon & Orange is Certified Organic, Fair Trade and souped up with superfoods like Acai berries (containing more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates).
  3. Amano Artisan Handcrafted Single Origin 70 percent Dark ChocolateŚMontanya is, like a fine wine, all about the terroir. Each variety comes from a specific place or origin, which imbues the bar with subtle hints of flavor reflective of the area. Montanya is made from cocoa beans exclusively from the mountains of Venezuela. It has natural flavor notes of apricot, nuts, marshmallow, and spice. This is the art of chocolate.
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3:26AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

well i guess that's why i swear so much! HAHA

12:17PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

ty

5:43PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

need all the help we can get!

1:12PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

thanks

1:36AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

not all suggestions would be appropriate for all, can't imagine swearing at work though that's where most of the stress comes from! will try chocs and hoku in the office first...

6:49AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

nice

4:05PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

#8 will drive some people nuts!!! LOL

6:44AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Interesting & cheerful article (but not sold on the clutter idea!)
Thank you for sharing :)

10:57PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Due to this article, I will now assume that I have permission to swear at work, where almost all of my stress comes from--LOL!
If Abrahamson's and Freedman's findings are correct, I should be supremely creative and abundantly anxiety-free--again, LOL!
Thank you for this most interesting article.

10:20PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Great article! Loved the one about swearing...such a relief - here I was doing it FOR relief and then feeling guilty for venting (to myself always...mumble...&*%# mumble) and the chocolate one has been a favorite for a long time. I always thought the hoku point was for headaches, but then that makes sense - headaches can be caused by stress. Anyway, this was an enjoyable read. Thanks.

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