A Smoothie For Stress Relief

If like many others you find it difficult to leave the stress of work behind you at the weekend, fear not! There may be a smoothie which can help you relax, unwind and fully enjoy your freedom this weekend.

Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C and will be the main ingredient of our delicious smoothie. Studies have shown that vitamin C abolishes the secretion of Cortisol on those subjected to repeated stress. Cortisol is the hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stressful situations. Frequent bouts and high levels of stress hormones can cause exhaustion, memory/learning impairments and increase susceptibility to depression.

The second ingredient of our smoothie is banana. Bananas are rich in vitamin B which can boost serotonin levels aiding the body’s ability to cope with stress and anxiety. Deficiencies can cause mental confusion, neurological changes and make it difficult to cope with stress.

The final ingredient is peppermint which contains menthol; a calming oil which can help clear your mind and aid digestion.

If you want to give this a try, here is what you will need:

300ml of frozen water (ice cubes)

15 Strawberries

2 Bananas

2-4 Peppermint leaves

A Blender (obviously)

Enjoy the weekend!!

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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