As the popular saying goes, ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards, and there’s a reason for this! Stress is a well known cause of weight gain not only because of the regular trend of comfort eating, but also because of the effect the stress hormone has on the body.

Combat the effects of stress, and lose weight as a result, by incorporating watercress into your diet.

Nutritionist Juliette Bryant says, “Hippocrates, ‘the father of modern medicine’ built the world’s first hospital close to a stream so he could grow watercress for his patients. The ‘bite’ in its taste has antibiotic properties without damaging gut flora. Raw greens such as watercress, lettuce and rocket promote calm and are stress-busting as high levels of chlorophyll break down cortisol (the stress hormone).”