What foods relax us?

It is true that there are some foods that help to relax and fight nervousness. The most popular are almonds, bananas, brewer's yeast and nuts and dried fruits.

Other foods with relaxing properties are melon, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes and garlic, but nothing is more reassuring than a glass of hot milk before going to sleep. In general, all dairy products have this effect, as long as they are not excessively fatty, such as curds or cream. Vegetable milks (soy, almonds or oatmeal) are more relaxing than cow or sheep.

Regarding medicinal plants, the most important, usually taken as an infusion, are lime, lemon balm, chamomile, valerian, and passionflower. The last two are widely used to help fall asleep.

Some of the habits that we can follow to adapt these relaxing foods to our routine are to start the day with a natural orange juice and an oat-based breakfast that is a cereal with soothing properties that also gives us carbohydrates.

In the middle of the morning, we can opt for a banana or an apple. For the meal it is advisable to take legumes and vegetables such as spinach, cabbage or beans combined with blue fish or chicken. Dessert options can be fruits (apple, banana or citrus) and yogurt. If we need to drink something sweet, we can opt for an ounce of dark chocolate.

Dinner is an important meal when we talk about relaxation, since it is the last meal before going to sleep. It is advisable to take soups and broths, lettuce salads, avocado and infusions or hot milk.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Doctor and team manager (- Z Rehab Medical Center)

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