Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Overall Health!
What to EAT to BEAT Stress
Do you know that you can eat to beat stress?
Or maybe you loose your appetite altogether?
However you deal with it, stress does affect your body in different ways and if you are careful about what food you eat, you could be helping your system to cope with stress more efficiently.
Physical Effects of Stress And Food
When you are stressed, your brain releases hormones which set of a series of responses. Adrenalin and cortisol are the main hormones that are released.
Adrenalin causes your pupils to dilate and your pulse to increase. Your temperature rises and your mouth becomes dry – your body is preparing for fight or flight! Getting upset with the driver in front of you releases stress hormones, and because you continue to sit in your car, your body does not use them.
The accumulation of these hormones, especially cortisol, does affect your overall health...
Increased cortisol levels lead to carbohydrate cravings, water retention and higher insulin levels.
Stress affects almost every organ in your body. You can suffer from fatigue, digestive problems, muscle tension, weight-gain or loss and sleep problems...
This happens because the stress response depletes your body of certain vitamins and nutrients and your body is unable to function at its best level.
A registered dietician explains that the biggest group of vitamins that are depleted are the B vitamins. These vitamins play a vital role in cellular repair and are necessary for a healthy nervous system – so important for coping with stress! Sores on your tongue or in your nose are a sign of a lack of vitamin B.
Your body also needs vitamin C, magnesium and zinc to fight off infection and to give you the physical ability to deal with the effects of stress.
Stress also drains your system of the good oils. This is when people can start developing eczema.
What To Eat To Beat Stress
* Fruit and vegetables are a MUST! Take note of these important ones...
* Don’t Forget NUTS
Nuts have many nutritional benefits and are a natural stress-affect management food...
Nuts are a great source of natural fat which aids the part of the brain that deals with sensory information, including pleasure.
A tablespoon of ground flaxseed is a recommended daily extra – sprinkle on salad, vegetables or cereal.
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and cashews are excellent sources of vitamin C, along with leafy green vegetables, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.
And eat nuts to improve the flow of blood throughout your body! What we eat can control the stress affect on our system.
* Food From The Sea to Beat Stress
All types of fish contain vitamin B3 and high levels of iodine which help to regulate your mood and improve mental ability.
Eat oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout and pilchards to strengthen your nervous system and manage stress. These fish also help with insomnia, increase your sex drive and can alleviate depression – because they are packed with omega-3.
No need to let stress affect your overall health...
More Foods To Beat Stress
What To Avoid
Caffeine and alcohol...
They both interfere with your cortisol levels and deplete your body’s ability to deal with stress...
Minimize the stress affect by running away from stimulants!
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