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The Role of Diet in Stress Experience

Diet and Stress

Did you know that the coffee that you drink for breakfast everyday might greatly increase your stress level?

The computer has revolutionized the business world. In the 21st century, companies have got a make-over, production levels have reached an all-time high and competition levels have sky-rocketed. However, researchers and social commentators have repeatedly proved that this boon in productivity has caused higher levels of expectation and as a consequence put more stress on the employees. But how many of us know that the kind of food we consume greatly influences our stress levels?

Food to Stay Away From

A balanced diet is critical to a healthy, stress free life. Eating a few particular kinds of food can result in the increase in your body’s stress level, among this, Coca-Cola, a popular soft drink features prominently.

Short term consumption of caffeine might seem pleasurable because it increases your alertness, enhances muscle and heart activity. But making this a regular habit has the same effects on your stress level as a heavy workload and impossible deadlines. Caffeine, promotes increased secretion of the hormone adrenalin, leading to elevated heart rates and consequently higher blood pressure. Therefore gradual reduction of caffeine consumption is advisable. Green tea is a much healthier option.

It is quite ironical that many people use cigarettes and alcohol as a coping mechanism, because, instead of decreasing stress levels, they lead to an increase in stress levels. Alcohol, just like caffeine promotes the release of adrenalin, which is a cause of insomnia, and an agitated state of mind. Most importantly, it inhibits the essential liver function of removing toxic substances from the blood stream. In addition to this consumption of large quantities of alcohol results in the deposition of fat in the cardiac muscle thus limiting the body’s immunological system. Cigarettes, as you are probably aware are a leading cause of lung cancer. They too, are responsible for hypertension.

Have a sweet tooth? Were you aware of the fact that the sugar you so love consuming results in the release of large quantities of adrenalin and in the process hamper the normal function of your adrenal glands. If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, you may be suffering from depression and lack of concentration. Salt too, is a cause of elevated stress levels. Salt leads to an escalation in blood pressure levels, this may be a cause of irritability, lack of concentration and a general feeling of melancholy.

Junk Foods

Delicious, cheesy and crispy fast foods, rich in fats are a major cause of obesity and this puts unnecessary stress on the heart. It has also been proved that fats are a prime cause of a variety of cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

Serotonin, is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain. It increases one’s sense of well being. Whole grains and vegetables promote the production of serotonin. Therefore eating more carbohydrates and vegetables soothes you and consequently is a great stress-buster. This is a natural way to combat stress. Healthy eating habits and a little moderation in your diet can pave the way for a stress-free, peaceful life.

So next time you think about drinking that cup of coffee, think again.

About Stella Norman

Stella Norman, a renowned nutritionist and health expert in California, loves to share her diet tips, diet tricks and strategies to maintain a good health. Read her website to know more.

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