It’s the middle of the afternoon, you’re on deadline and you definitely don't have time for a much-needed yoga or meditation break. No problem—those stress relievers are great, but there's an easier way to keep your nerves in check when you’ve got a lot going on (which is, let’s face it, basically always).
Science says that eating more fruits and veggies is the secret to reducing your stress level. An Australian study published in BMJ Journals found that eating five to seven servings of produce daily can lower stress by 14 percent in middle-aged adults (45 and older)—and that percentage jumps to 23 percent for middle-aged women. (But don’t let the “middle-aged” part deter you. We’ll heed this good advice at any age.)
Yep, it’s that easy. So, the next time you’re feeling wound up, treat yourself to a produce-packed smoothie and breathe a deep sigh of relief.