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Stress Foods And Non Stress Foods
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Stress Foods And Non Stress Foods

Stress can truly cause havoc in a person's life unless we learn to manage it well. Learning the difference between stress foods and non stress foods can be a very simple lifestyle change that can make a world of difference.

We all know the damage stress can cause in our lives, both physically and emotionally. But the great news is that stress can be managed; we just need the drive to make lifestyle changes that will help us reduce it.

Our choices of food, for example, is a very simple modification that we can make, that will divert additional stress in our lives.

Cortisol is a stress hormone; adrenal glands control Cortisol so our body won't breakdown emotionally or physically.

When feelings of stress begin to surface, many people reach for "comfort foods" to combat those overwhelming feelings.

The problem is, most of the foods people label as "comfort foods" actually contribute to the stress because it affects the body's natural ability to fight stress hormones, resulting in mood swings and a breakdown in our immune system.

Foods to Avoid When Stressed:

Processed Foods: All too often when we are feeling stressed we have an overwhelming desire to munch. We reach for foods high in trans fatty acids, sugars, and salt. Foods such as chips, french fries, cookies and soda are all examples of processed foods.

Many processed foods come in bags, boxes, and packages. Processed foods increase the stress hormone, Cortisol. Following sugar "highs", the body crashes, often times causing depression, exhaustion, and other stress related emotions.

Caffeine: Many times people will go to a sugar filled caffeinated drink to get through the day. Caffeine, especially when mixed with sugar boosters, can cause a heightened affect of irritability and aggravation, compounding the problems of stress.

Alcohol: There are many problems with consuming alcohol when a person is stressed, but the reality is, alcohol stimulates the release of Cortisol, increasing the level of stress hormones in the system.

Foods to Eat To Reduce Stress:

Just as there are foods to avoid when stressed, there are foods which also have a calming affect. When stressful feelings begin to emerge, refrain from processed foods, caffeinated foods and drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Reach for foods high in Vitamins B, A, C, and E.

Vitamin B Foods: meat, dairy and leafy green vegetables.

Vitamin A and C Foods: typically found in bright yellow and orange, fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin E Foods: nuts, seeds and vegetable oil.

There are stress causing foods and foods that relieve stress. Making a few lifestyle modifications through changing your diet is a natural and easy way to help manage your stress.


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