6 Drinks That Reduce Stress

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Thirst may not seem like something related to stress but that is actually far from the truth. Chronic stress can cause you to sweat and urinate more causing excessive thirst. Our first reaction is always to reach for something to help us with a quick solution, like medication or energy drinks. These can be harmful to our bodies and have major side effects. Instead, try these 6 drinks that calm anxiety and stress naturally.

drinks that reduce stress

Stress is something all of us mothers face although it is a natural reaction to life’s challenges. So I believe the best way to deal with stress is naturally.

1. Cherry Juice

Though you won’t become stress-free immediately, Tart cherry juice has the ability to increase the duration of your quality of sleep, this will over time help reduce stress by helping you stay calm throughout your day. We all can use quality sleep!

Other benefits include the ability to reduce inflammation around the heart, lower cholesterol, and support healthy joints.

2. Coconut Water

Coconut water is showing up more and more and has gained popularity because of its ability to increase energy. However, it is an excellent source of the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folate, so it has the ability to help you sleep.

It also contains magnesium and potassium which helps the muscles to relax.  It contains electrolytes that keep us hydrated and prevents us from becoming possibly stressed from dehydration. Electrolytes are also supposed to keep us stress-free throughout the day.

3. Fresh Juice

Fresh juice provides an easy but effective way to fight stress by giving our body the vitamins and antioxidants it needs. You can simply make your own juice out of fresh fruits and vegetables using a juicer.

Vitamin C helps your body control its response to stress so toss in some fruits like mango, cantaloupe, and berries. Vitamin B is important to help manage stress so by simply adding spinach, kale, carrots, or squash you can add some extra B vitamins in your diet.

4. Oat Straw (Avena Sativa)

Oat straw reverses the effects of the body after hormones are released by the adrenal gland during stress to bring the body back to a serene state. It is used as a tea, an infusion, a tincture, and even as a homeopathic remedy.

5. Warm Milk

Mothers have been giving their children warm milk for ages as a way to calm them before bed. I honestly hated the taste but, Mother knows best, right? Cause it actually works.

Milk contains an amino acid-tryptophan-which is converted into serotonin. High levels of serotonin help relieve stress by improving your mood and bringing you to a calm state. Warming the milk gives the same soothing effect as tea.

6. Water (room temperature)

Last but not least, water. Something we have access to and take for granted. Water really is good for you. Our organs need water in order to function correctly.

Not to mention without the right amount of water each day our bodies get what? DEHYDRATED! And dehydration leads to — Stress, because of the raised levels of cortisol (the hormone that is released when you are stressed).

So taking this simple drink for granted can cause stress and other side effects to our bodies including; fatigue and tiredness, constipation, and weight gain.

People react differently to water, too much can cause more trips to the bathroom. Some of us need more due to health reasons ( I take seizures meds which way on my liver so I have to drink more than others).

When you are thirsty your body is telling you to drink. When you exercise or have diarrhea you must replace the liquids.

Make sure you listen to your body!

 

Conclusion

One of the most important things you can do for your body is hydrate it. But you don’t want to fill your body with all those unhealthy sodas and energy drinks, some of which can add stress to your body. By sticking to healthy natural drinks you can help make sure your organs get the nourishment it needs and help you perform at your best.

I am sure you, like many of us, were unaware that there were drinks that could actually help you when your stressed levels were elevated but know that you know do you think you will be able to add more of these drinks to your diet?

If so, which drinks are your favorite?

If you already use natural drinks that calm anxiety and stress I would love to hear about them and your experiences below. Also, any comments or feedback are always welcome!

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16 thoughts on “6 Drinks That Reduce Stress”

  1. Water is the big one people forget about. That’s why they say; often the answers are right in front of our face. Sometimes you just need to be reminded of these things.
    I’ve just topped up my water bottle 🙂

  2. Of these 6 my favorite is water. 🙂 I don’t know Coconut water. Is that something you make of coconut milk and water, or coconut oil and water? Fruit juices are lovely – I only drink a little of those because of the (although they are natural) sugars. And I absolutely don’t drink milk!
    Great overview. Thanks!

    1. Water is one of the best beverages so I see why it is your favorite. Coconut water is different from the milk because it isn’t made from the flesh of the coconut it is like orange juice with no pulp, best way I can describe. I prefer freshly made fruit juices to store-bought for the same reason you don’t drink as much fruit juice, the high sugar content. I drink lactose-free milk myself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. I am not much of a juice drinker but I usually drink about 2 liters a day when I am at work. Have warm milk when I have a can hot chocolate though 🙂

    1. Funny thing is when I was a kid I didn’t like drinking warm milk or hot chocolate, now I too prefer hot chocolate but I will drink what I need to only for health reasons. We all just do what we can 🙂

  4. I love these options and I agree about water, very overlooked. I can imagine this area has great ideas for everyone, thanks for sharing. I also did not know that about cherry juice and I love cherries!

    1. I prefer cherry juice over cherries but of course, I love a lot of juices more than the fruit and that is bad because of the sugar. I think water is the one beverage I will be drinking the most this summer. Thanks for the comment and I am glad you learned something new!

  5. Really great post. I was expecting beer or wine to be at the top of the list. lol. I love cherry juice. The first time I drank it I was actually in Turkey with my father and it was freshly squeezed, really delicious. And room temp water is my go-to drink, I have at least 10 – 12 glasses a day. Keep up the great work. Cheers

    1. Wow, I would love some fresh squeezed cherry juice. I had fresh cherries in coke before, closest I got, lol. Yeah, room temp water is really good and better for you than cold water weirdly for digestion. Thank you for the kind words and the comment!

  6. I knew about the cherry juice and warm milk but did not know the rest. So, its a great information. I shall apply it to keep my stress level at bay. How about tea and coffee? Some people drink it to relax and wind down. Does it help?

    Thank you for this amazing information yet again.

    I love your website and contents.

    Best wishes

    Rani

    1. Yes, tea is actually a great beverage for stress relief as I have mentioned it here with foods that relieve stress. As for coffee, because of its caffeine content it actually raises our cortisol levels (the hormone released during stress) which is recreating stress conditions in our bodies, so drinking any beverage, even caffeinated tea is not ideal for reducing stress. Thank you for your kind words and your comment I wish you all the best!

  7. I have eaten cherries but never had cherry juice before.

    For me, it has to be water but not tap water due to all the chemicals that are no good for us that they put in.

    A good spring water and that comes from the Scottish Highlands.

    I forgot to mention meditation, it is up there with the water.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. I agree Mick a good spring water is wonderful. We had this spring water here in Alaska that you could drive up and get and it was the best water I had ever tasted. Meditation and breathing exercises, sooooo relaxing! Thanks for the comment!

  8. Thank you so much for your tips on how to manage our stress levels. Modern-day life comes with a lot of stress because it demands that we juggle different things daily from career, family life, among other things. The older we get find ourselves with so many responsibilities that often leave us exhausted. We end up compromising our health by not eating properly as often times we fail to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Technology on the other hand simplyifies our lives like for instance machines like blenders and juicers make it easy for us to just blend those veggies and fruits that often get spoiled in our refrigerators because we don’t have much time to prepare them when they are still fresh.

    1. Yes, modern-day life can be so stressful, especially as of lately. We do compromise a lot when it omes to our health but we should put more effort into our health especially now. I agree, technology does make it much easier and in fact, using blenders or juicers is a great way to get those fruits in veggies in us. Thanks for your comment!

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