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Health Tips These surprising foods could help you de-stress

Consider it meal prep for the mind.

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Eat these foods to stress less

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A recent study from the University of Sydney found that women who ate five to seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables slashed their risk for stress by 23 percent compared with those who ate fewer or none.

"Most fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, which can help reduce age-related inflammation, a condition that can be harmful to mental health," says Binh Nguyen, a Ph.D. candidate at the university and lead researcher of the study.

"And deficiencies in B vitamins, such as folic acid [vitamin B9], influence mood regulation and have also been associated with depression."

To get your fill of those good nutrients, try citrus fruits, strawberries, or bell peppers for vitamin C; green leafy vegetables for vitamin E; and bananas and avocados for vitamin B.

Another de-stressing option—this relaxing yoga pose:

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!

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