5 Drinks That Will Make You Calmer


Life is stressful.  You have got school, work, internships, friends, family, etc. to deal with.  There are plenty of ways to combat stress, like yoga or getting rid of the negativity in your life.  You can also try adding some of these yummy and calming drinks to your daily routine.  In addition to trying these, make sure to also stay hydrated and drink lots of water.

Green Tea

Green tea has been used to improve health for thousands of years!  One of the many benefits of the drink is stress relief – green tea naturally contains theanine, which is a helpful calming agent.  Theanine is thought to promote alpha wave production in the brain.  Alpha waves originate from the occipital lobe during wakeful relaxation with closed eyes.  But if your goal is stress relief, make sure to drink decaffeinated green tea; caffeine is a stimulant and will not help you relax.

Warm Milk

Warm milk is also an old remedy for relaxation.  Milk has the amino acid tryptophan that is converted in the neurotransmitter serotonin. High levels of serotonin can improve your mood and soothe your nerves. It also has calcium and magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure. Drinking it warm or hot is better for relaxation; the temperature itself has a soothing effect.

Kava Tea

Kava tea has been all the rage lately.  It is being hailed as a natural method to curb anxiety.  Kava contains kavain, which is the key component that causes relaxation.  It behaves similar to a mild sedative.  But it does not affect your brain.  It acts like a muscle relaxer, leaving you mentally aware but physically relaxed.  There is another component, desmethoxyyangonin, which drives up dopamine levels in the brain and can give the sensation of euphoria.  Kava tea can be strong, so if you are on any medications or have any liver problems, check with your doctor before trying it.

Oat Straw

Oat straw comes from green oats.  Since the Middle Ages, it has been consumed to support brain health.  It is a nervine herb, meaning it is a soothing herb.  To feel its effects, it needs to be taken regularly for at least a few weeks.  Oat straw can be taken in a few different ways: in a tea, on oatmeal, mixed in an energy drink, or in supplements.

Cherry Juice

Maybe you have pulled an all nighter and you need help regulating your sleep cycle, which will lead to reduced stress.  Try incorporating cherry juice into your diet.  It is common for endurance athletes to use cherry juice as a post-excerise recovery drink. This also needs to be taken over time to reap the benefits – one ounce of cherry juice twice a day can help improve sleep.

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Yasmin Sara Merchant

Yasmin Sara studies International Political Economy and Communications at Fordham University. She loves to geek out about comics, TV shows, and tattoos. You can follow her on Tumblr under the username batglare.

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