Diet Tips That Will Help You Deal With Stress
First, it’s important to understand what happens inside your body when you’re under stress.
Chronic stress, whether it be physical, emotional or mental has adverse affects on your overall health. When you are “stressed” your body continuously releases stress hormones (both catecholamines and corticosteroids) from your adrenal glands.
The first reaction that takes place is suppression of your digestive system. Blood and oxygen are pushed away from the gut. This means that your tissues don’t get enough nutrients to stay healthy and strong. In addition to this, poor eating habits and undigested food feeds the microbes (bad gut bacteria). Especially with lower serotonin levels in the brain, you may find that sugar cravings increase and depression or depression-like symptoms may occur during this time. This re-occurring cycle may result in leaky gut, allergies, chronic gut inflammation, and dysbiosis.
Next, cortisol (another stress-hormone) suppresses the immune system. If you find you often get sick or infections when you are under high and continuous stress – here is in part the reason.
Now with poor digestive function and poor immunity, nutrients then have an ineffective turnover rate and as a result, increased demands for these nutrients are needed. All of your body systems need more nutrients to meet their needs and will not be adequately met, therefore resulting in sickness, tiredness, migraines, allergies, and other illnesses.
Diet Tips For Dealing With Stress:
– Eat foods that are whole, nutrient dense and low-glycemic.
– Eat lots of antioxidant-rich foods. Go organic if and when possible.
-Restrict intake of sugar and processed foods.
-Ensure adequate and complete protein intake daily. Meat eaters: Incorporate some plant-based protein sources from beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
-Increase fiber intake and drink lots of pure, filtered water.
-Alkalinize your diet with vegetables and fruits and some grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
-Supplement with Probiotics to support gut health as long as you are making necessary dietary changes to support probiotics duties.