When you’re stressed your body has certain demands, physiological demands. One of them is definitely metabolic co-factors such as vitamins and minerals.
The irony of it all is that we tend to go towards those unhealthy foods and snacks or better known as “Comfort Foods”.
We begin to crave foods that are high in fats and sugars. This could lead to bad eating habits and overall bad health.
Studies show that unhealthy snacking, lower fruit and vegetable intake, and high intake of fatty foods were associated with HIGHER stress levels.
It is important that when feeling stressed that we avoid these foods and take the healthier route so we can make our bodies and minds feel better! Here are some dietary tips that can improve health and also help cope with stress
1. Eat Different Color Foods
An assortment of different colors in different foods usually contain natural chemicals (Phytochemical) and antioxidants from plants that can help different body systems. Blood pressure, memory function, removal of carcinogenic compounds, and more can all be benefited.
2. Eat More Organic Foods
Reduces intake of pesticides, herbicides, and other synthetic fertilizers than can have negative effects on the body
3. Drink More Water
Not only is it healthier than most fluids, it also can flush out waste products and toxins in the body.
4. Eat Herbs & Spices
Essential oils and herbs can enhance the immune system
5. Of Course, AVOID JUNK FOODS!
Instead consume, fresh, high-fiber, health foods than can give you a higher intake of magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and calcium. These nutrients are very important to a health metabolism and also can give you great stress protection!