Stress in childhood happens in any condition when they are required to face and adapt a change. Childhood stress can be good when it is in small amount, but excessive stress can directly demonstrate in damaging effects on the body and family and indirectly lead to health problem.
Prepare the right herbal supplement or refreshing teas for your kids to promote relaxation of nervous system, relieve stress and tension.
TCM Foods For Kids Whose Stress Can Be Managed
Chamomile is commonly used to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcer, gastrointestinal disorders. It has the ability to reduce the stress induced increases in body Adrecorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels to relieve anxiety and produce the calming effect.
Peppermint is popular in reducing stress and relieve anxiety, tense, and irritable especially works well as a natural muscle relaxant. It contains zero caffeine, make it as a perfect drink before sleep to promote calmness and promote better sleep quality.
3. Barley Tea
Barley has been proven with its ability to relax body and relieve stress which derived from its constitution of tryptophan, one of the amino acid necessary for sleep. In addition, barley has the ability to synthesize serotonin – a kind of important neurotransmitter to regulate child’s sleep and mood.
Passionflower is targeted as a natural remedy to treat sleep disorders, and anxiety. Recent study has found out passionflower may have same effect as oxazepam (Anxiolytic drug prescribed to treat anxiety disorders).
One of the calming herbs suitable for kids. Oatstraw may help children who experiencing stress, nervous, hyperactive or restless sleep. Prepare a daily oatstraw infusion with lemonade and fruit juice to calm and relieve stress. It is also containing high level o calcium to build healthy teeth and bones for your kids.
Proper diet can counterbalance the negative impact of stress by enhancing the body immune system, stabilise mood and reducing blood pressure.
Vital Foods and Nutrients To Relieve Stress
Adequate consumption of Magnesium is important to avoid headache and fatigue especially for kids who are facing stress. Increase Magnesium intake has been proven to improve quality of sleep and reduction of stress.
Foods rich in magnesium include: Leafy greens, seeds, seafood, salmon, and wholegrain food.
2. Omega – 3 Fatty Acid
Omega – 3 have been proven to lower the surges of stress hormone and protect from depression. Deficiency in Omega – 3 have been linked to depression, anxiety and hyperactive disorder.
Foods rich in Omega – 3 include: Fatty fish (Salmon and tuna), Seeds, Nuts, Fish Oil or Algae Oil (For vegetarians)
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has the ability to reduce stress and boost the immune system when your kids are stress. It works to lower the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone during high-anxiety situation.
Foods rich in Vitamin C: Fruits included citrus fruits, broccoli, green/red peppers, tomatoes and vegetables.
4. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is the healthy comfort food which has the ability to relieve stress and improve cognitive function and mood. Daily dark chocolate consumption may be beneficial for kids who are suffering from high level of stress.