Clinical studies consistently confirm a connection between chronic elevated stress and a poor diet.
It is a reasonable assumption that the majority of us are living with chronic stress. Underlying tension is so much a part of contemporary life that it is hardly noticed or paid attention to any more – we only register intensive ‘acute’ flare-ups.
Over time, this background tension begins to seriously erode our overall health and well-being. It affects our thinking, emotions, body and behaviour. Our judgment deteriorates; we tend to make more mistakes; our perception becomes poor; we may become depressed, become hostile towards others, lose our temper more, act less rationally and behave abusively.
Meanwhile, the price on our body continues. We can have aches and pains, indigestion, ulceration, insomnia, high blood pressure, allergies, poor immunity, low energy, illness and sometimes even premature death.
So how can we better manage chronic stress and live well in the twenty-first Century?
Clinical studies consistently confirm a connection between chronic elevated stress and a poor diet. Eating well and – if needed – using appropriate supplements is an essential part of regaining and retaining improved physical and mental ability to function and cope.This needs to be considered carefully and individually, but the following general points apply:
- Avoid processed, chemical containing, sugar containing and refined foods. These act as inflammatory aggravators and destabilise the blood glucose balance, which will exacerbate natural mood balancing mechanisms. People with long term mental health issues often crave and are greatly aggravated by these kinds of foods.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Both of these substances exert problematic effects on the physiology, which will have a rebound effect on cognitive function and mental health. Additionally they increase the demand for vitamin B1, B6, folate, zinc and magnesium, all of which are involved in mood regulation.
- Avoid long gaps between meals, skipping meals and overeating.
Eat lots of the following:
- Folate/B9 & Magnesium rich foods like – Dark leafy green vegetables like kale & spinach. Liver, whole grains, lentils, legumes, broccoli, nuts: sunflower, walnuts, maca root.
- B Vitamins rich foods like: Almonds, Liver, kidney, molasses, poultry, crustaceans, fish, eggs, dairy, fortified soy milk, mushrooms
- Vitamin D3 rich foods: Herring, kipper, tinned salmon and sardines, eggs, mackerel, butter, fortified milks, cod liver oil, & SUNLIGHT
- Omega 3 fatty acid rich foods like: Oily fish such as; herring, tuna mackerel, salmon, trevally, tailor, rainbow trout, whiting, walnuts, Flaxseed oil, whole soybeans
- Protein rich foods like: Eggs, chicken & turkey, fish, lean red meats, quinoa, whole soy products, dairy, beans, yoghurt, nuts and seeds
- Drink lots of water
Do some enjoyable and manageable exercise EVERY day.
And don’t forget to breathe!