In today's busy society, people seem to accept stress as part of daily life. Some even seem to thrive on it. However, no matter how you look at it, the rigours of stress can damage your health.
Are you getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy - especially during times of stress?
Here are some basic principles of good nutrition that will help you stay at your best as you navigate through a stressful time:
Begin your day with a good breakfast
This should include complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruit, and even vegetables and beans. These foods help to stabilize blood sugar levels and prompt the release of serotonin, which has a calming effect.
Eat Healthy Meals
Continue your day by making healthy food choices. Ensure you include protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal. Build your meals and snacks around fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, and lean meat. Eat smaller meals at regular intervals (every 3 to 4 hours) to give your body a constant flow of nutrients.
Dehydration can occur during stressful times because the heart rate is raised and you are breathing harder. This state of dehydration can lead to an increase in cortisol - the stress hormone. The recommended daily intake is at least eight glasses of purified water.
By eating a nutritious and balanced diet, you will be better equipped to deal with stress and repair the damage caused by it.
Read more about stress, what it is, how it affects you, and how you can help yourself. This topic is covered in more depth in my book Healthy Body for Life.
Until the next one...
Eat Well - Stay Active - Live Happy,
and enjoy a Healthy Body for Life!