Consumers have an ally in fighting stress, and it’s as close as their refrigerator. Yogurt, often touted as a key for weight and digestive issues, may be the ideal stress-buster.
The Today Show reports that eating probiotic yogurt may help make brains regular. A study by the University of Cork found that mice fed a diet of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (JB-1) were less likely to be depressed, anxious or stressed.
“A regular diet of probiotics changed the brain chemistry in the mice,” the article said. “Probiotics modified how the mice expressed receptors for the neurotransmitter GABA, suggesting that probiotics change neurochemistry."
The Food Network agreed, including yogurt in its top 10 list of stress-reducing foods.
“Work more calcium into your diet with non-fat or low-fat yogurt — a sprinkle of nuts and some fresh fruit will turn it into an ultra-satisfying snack,” the Food Network said. The good-for-you part: Yogurt contains probiotics that help create a healthy and calm digestive system.
The Food Network piece also suggested drinking more milk to relieve tense muscles using milk's B-vitamins, protein, vitamin D and calcium. Read more from the Food Network here.