Nutrition: Stress and Nutrition

Stop stressing.

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Fruit and vegetable intake has a direct correlation with the reduction of heart disease, diabetes, and age-related disease. We are also finding out that stress has dramatic effects on inflammation and can even negate the effects of clean eating. In a recent study published by Molecular Psychiatry, findings show that women who claimed to have higher stress—regardless of a clean or fatty diet—showed similar inflammatory responses. Over a lifetime, higher inflammatory markers are linked to an increased risk of various diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers. While eating clean is a great first step, the next step is to manage stress. Here are a few recommendations on how to lower your stress!

  1. Yoga and meditation: Use the power of breathing to bring attention to the present instead of worrying about the past or future. Try one of our many classes offered at the WAC!
  2. Exercise: Physical activity is a great way to get away from the daily grind and put attention toward personal growth.
  3. Cooking: Time in the kitchen doesn’t have to be perceived as a chore. Instead, cooking and meal prep can be an extremely relaxing activity. Get your whole family involved and turn it into an after school/work group activity you do a couple of times a week.

—Published August 2, 2017


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