A lot of people nowadays say they are feeling too tense or stressed. This is a serious contemporary problem. Of course we can feel stressed when we are leading a busy life, a lot is expected of us, or because of what we demand of ourselves. But a cause of stress that shouldn’t be ignored is your diet! Your health (mental and physical) can suffer greatly from an unbalanced blood sugar level or if your liver gets overburdened. Balanced nutrition is therefore essential in reducing tension and stress and to keep your health up.
If you are experiencing stress, there are several nutritional advices that could help you:
It would be good to avoid caffeine as much as possible. When you are addicted to caffeine, your adrenal glands, which have the important task of producing hormones, will get tired. Consumption of caffeine has the same effect as prolonged tension. It exhausts you. Try drinking herbal tea or green tea to get rid of your coffee addiction.
It is also a good idea to stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol stimulates the secretion of adrenaline, which is a hormone that causes stress. This hormone has a negative influence on your liver and as such hinders it in getting rid of waste products.
You also might want to start avoiding sugar and products containing a lot of sugar in your diet. Perhaps you already know about the short energy stimulant that kicks in after eating sugar. After this short rise in energy, your energy level crashes again. This can also exhaust your adrenal glands in the same way caffeine does.
Bad fats should be avoided. Cake may be delicious, but it is also filled with trans fat, which is harmful to your body. These fats burden your circulatory system.
It is also a good idea to avoid refined and processed foods, such as white bread, white flour, cake, cookies and pasta. These foods are a burden to your body, because they contain hardly any nutrients, but do contain a lot of calories. These calories won’t nourish your body and instead contain a lot of sugar, trans fat and omega 6. Empty calories like these are best avoided.
This information and more can be found in the DVD ‘Nutrition’. It also contains handy tips to help yourself adopt a healthy diet.