The amount of stress in today’s generation can be seen increasing rapidly nowadays. Be it exam stress, work from home stress, or getting all worked up about your health because of the current COVID-19 situation in the country. Be it any kind of stress, all you need to make sure is that you don’t stress eat. Often stress leads you on the path of unhealthy food choices which only makes you gain weight and cause health problems.  

In order to ensure you eat healthy, here are a few citrus food items which will not only help you destress but will also make sure that you give a healthy addition to your diet.  

Oranges  

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Citrus fruits such as oranges, male, and lemons are high in vitamin C and can reduce your stress levels. Along with it, these fruits can also give your immune system a boost, which is the need of the hour. Right from regulating your cortisol levels to controlling your blood pressure, citrus foods will save you during anxious moments. You must include lemonade, amla juice, or orange juice in your diet in order to increase your vitamin C intake.  

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Blackcurrant  

A super tasty and easy to get fruit in summers is blackcurrant. These are rich in antioxidant flavonoids, also known as anthocyanins, which give them their dark bluish-black colour. 

Several studies have shown that those who eat foods rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanins may experience less oxidative damage to their heart. You can either eat blackcurrants separately or use them as topping on your bowl of cornflakes. They can also be added to smoothies and go well with pancakes.  

Kiwis  

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Kiwis are not only an amazing source of antioxidants but can also help you destress for the day. A medium-sized kiwi contains about 71 gms of Vitamin C. It is a rich source of fiber, vitamin K and potassium, which provides a long list of health benefits to the body. Kiwis are also linked to weight loss and improved vision.  

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You can either eat raw kiwi or squeeze out its juice. The juice of kiwi can be mixed together with other fruit juices which will not only taste heavenly but will also provide an overload of nutrients to your body. Kiwis will provide the right dose of magnesium (also known as the calming nutrient) to your nervous system, which will help you relax.

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Spinach  

Loaded with magnesium and nutrients, spinach is known for helping those in distress. One cup of raw chopped mustard spinach provides 195 mg of vitamin C, which is a good enough dose for your body. It controls the cortisol levels in your body which further gives you good vibes. Spinach can be consumed in different forms such as juice, in salad, in sandwiches, or in curry. Apart from helping you destress, this green-leafy vegetable is an amazing source of vitamins A, C and K, which will benefit you in every way possible. 

Lychees  

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If you want to binge eat when in stress, make sure you reach out for lychees instead of a tub of ice-cream. Lychees will not only manage your stress but will also be a healthy snack for your cravings. It is a powerful stress-busting food because of its sweet flavour and concentration of carbohydrates. Also loaded with fiber and nutrients, lychees will keep your blood sugar under control. One lychee provides nearly 7 mg of vitamin C. You nearly eat about 10-12 lychees in one seating, which will provide you enough nutrients for the day.  Lychee is normally eaten raw or consumed in the form of juice. Be it any form, lychee is probably the tastiest summer fruit that will benefit you in every way possible.  

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