Foods that calm you down: Oatmeal

This is actually a food that is healthy that I like, mostly because of the oatmeal cookies though, oatmeal cookies are healthy right?

Anyway oatmeal, I always wondered how people figured it was good for us. I mean first they gave it to horses, who loved it. Then what happened? Did someone look at the horse and think, “Horses are really strong and beautiful, I want to be as strong and beautiful as that horse. But how? Hmmmm, horses really like eating oatmeal, maybe if I eat oatmeal I will become as strong as a horse.”

Is that how it happened? Huh? Is it?

Anyway jokes aside, just how good is oatmeal for us stress wise? First let’s take a look at this article called, “13 Foods That Fight Stress” by KERI GLASSMAN, MS, RD, CDN, posted on prevention.com. If you scroll down to point number 10 you’ll find the part where they talk about oatmeal; in this article they talk about how oatmeal helps the body make serotonin (something I’ve mentioned quite a few times in this blog). They talk about how serotonin helps calm people down and deal with stress better; they also talk about how studies have shown that children who eat oatmeal for breakfast stay sharp for the rest of the morning, and if it works for kids there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work for us too.

All the other articles I could find, while written slightly differently, pretty much say the same thing as the previous one I mentioned; so instead of summarising them I am just going to make a list of them and point you towards the parts that talk about oatmeal, whether you want to go see them or not is entirely up to you.

And that’s it for this post, it is short but I feel it gets the point across which is that if you feel down most of the time, then try introducing oatmeal into your diet and see if things get any better from there, it can’t get any worse after all. Besides don’t you want to be as strong as a horse?

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