Living in a highly competitive, day-night work culture, we face work pressure, competition, uncertainty, arguments, challenging situations, economic calculations, pollution, and crowd every hour. Still more personal and family problems, fake promises, break up, failure, insult, accidents, fears, and other nasty surprises, keep us dealing with continuous “stress”.
Stress has now become a part of the daily routine, so we can’t imagine life without stress, only we can learn how to deal with stress and control it to a minimum level. Uncontrolled and unmanaged pressure can give various kinds of mental and physical health issues like obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, insomnia, depression, sexual problems, relationship issues, etc. Stress also can badly affect skin glow, digestion, joints flexibility, muscle stamina, energy levels, hair growth, emotional response. It causes high cortisol level if prolonged and added with the other shoes can even a reason for cancer. Long term or chronic diseases, autoimmune disease, frequent use of anti-inflammatory drugs, some cardiac medicines, and steroids can also make you stressed or depressed.
The most ignored fact of stress and food relation is stress increases cortisol levels and triggers an anticipated emergency. This mechanism ultimately starts eating more and feels more stressed, especially if you are eating unhealthy.
Managing stress primarily depends on your
- Time and diet management,
- Smooth daily schedule,
- Healthy food,
- Proper sleep,
- Better social relations,
- Exercise, Yoga, meditation,
- Social get together,
- Good hobbies,
- Get in touch nature,
- Bonding with family and loved ones,
- Volunteer social activities,
- Weekend sports or outing activities,
- Positive thinking
- Are general stress relief activities that one should do daily, weekly, and monthly to avoid uncontrolled stress and health issues caused by stress.
Bad food for stress
All inflammation causing agents and free radicals to give substance is responsible for increasing cortisol level and stress. Refined sugar, heavy sugar intake increases inflammation, stress, anxiety, and depression. Gluten substance is very damaging for mood, can cause psychiatry problems, depression, known as primary cause schizophrenia, and neurotoxicity. Fast foods contain artificial colours, trans fats, monosodium glutamate, and preservatives are responsible for increasing stress.
Omega 6 fatty acids can cause inflammations, heart problems, stroke, stress, depression, and many other health problems if taken in excess.
Good food for stress
Good food for stress enhanced secretion of serotonin or rich in serotonin, like dark chocolate, banana, green tea, fermented foods, vegetables, fresh, row natural oils, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and B12, magnesium, coffee, turmeric, blueberries, blackberries, Jamun, brinjal, and red wine (taken in a limited amount of 180 ml per day) are proven antidepressant, stress relievers, reduce inflammation, good for cardiac and mental health. Vitamin D3 is also anti-inflammatory good for cardiac health, and it is an antidepressant and neural tonic.
Nuts are also beneficial for overall health, weight loss, Lowers systolic blood pressure, improved cardiac health, lower risk of diabetes, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stress reliever, and can help to get rid of harmful free radicals which can cause even cancer when access in our body.
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