Everything nowadays seems to be happening on fast forward. We all expect instant gratification and there is this inherent need to do everything possible to keep up with the pace of the world.
The consequence of this is chronic stress, which takes a major toll on one’s health and research has shown there is a definite link between stress and nutritional deficiencies
If you are stressed out, your way of coping may be to resort to the wrong foods, like those with high levels of fat, salt and sugar. We may call these comfort foods, but we tend to crave these foods when the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, increases. Another thing that tends to happen when a person is stressed out, is that they skip meals, or eat on the run. These unhealthy habits can affect our bodies in a negative way, causing blood sugar imbalances. When we skip meals or choose unhealthy food over healthier options our blood sugar is no longer balanced and can either be too high or too low. These fluctuations can cause fatigue, poor focus and concentration, mood swings and other health issues .And in the long run poor nutrition can lead to lowered immunity, making you more susceptible to illness and other diseases,. which leads to even more stress.
Stressed out people also tend to resort to coffee, tea and cola to increase their energy level. A cup of coffee may be a good morning starter, but the over consumption of caffeine can have a negative toll on your overall health, causing sleep disturbances and increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
With our busy lives, it’s also easy to forget to drink enough water to stay properly hydrated, In fact, many people drink no water at all and get water only from coffee, tea or other beverages.
The bottom line is balanced nutrition plays a huge role when we are under stress and when stress occurs proper nutrition including adequate hydration, will boost our resistance against the affects that stress can bring on the body. It is also important to note that even if we eat a healthy diet any nutrients we do consume will be used up by the body at a much quicker rate when we are under stress than when we are stress free, so nutritional supplementation such as a vitamin/ mineral formula may be required.
For healthy ways to deal with stress see article Take some Me Time
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