For most of us, stress and food go hand-in-hand. Food can give us the feelings of power, control, and satisfaction that we need in successful situations. It's no surprise that when our stress levels go up our resistance to "comfort" food goes down.
This isn't a bad thing - our favorite foods actually can reduce our stress levels, but moderation is key.
Giving your body the nutrition it needs is a positive step you can take every day toward combating stress. With the correct nutrition, you are better prepared to face the challenges of the day.
Adrenaline is produced during times of intense stress. That gives you a burst of energy, but your blood sugar level drops after the crisis is past. Sustaining food is needed to replenish it. Certain foods increase the physical stress on your body by making digestion more difficult, or by denying the brain essential nutrients. Stress itself can cause bad digestion.
With a sensible diet, it’s possible to reduce the effects of stress, avoid some common problems, and protect your health.
Tips to Manage Stress:
For conquering stress, a food's nutrient profile might be just as important as how it makes you feel. Incorporating lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fatty fish and warm soothing foods are a great addition to help combat stress. Also adding adaptogenic herbs to your foods can have a soothing effect and by reducing symptoms of anxiety by increasing the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine.
In addition, finding ways to cope with stress such as listening to music, mediation, yoga, or going for a walk can certainly have a positive effect on a person's brain chemistry.
So the next time you’re under pressure, arm yourself with Meal Garden's delicious arsenal of Stress Busting recipes:
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