Fight stress-related damage with diet, study reveals pro tip

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Experts say the food you eat can affect stress levels in the long and short term.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Stress causes damage at all ages – from young adults to the elderly, no one is immune to its side effects.
  2. And even worse, stress can be twice as harmful as you get older. But the good news is that diet can also come to your rescue in this situation.
  3. According to experts, following a healthy lifestyle can help reduce allostatic load – the scientific term for the negative effects of stress on the body.
New Delhi: Stress causes damage at all ages – from young adults to the elderly, no one is immune to its side effects. And even worse, stress can be twice as harmful as you get older. But the good news is that diet can also come to your rescue in this situation. According to experts, following a healthy lifestyle can help reduce allostatic load – the scientific term for the negative effects of stress on the body. And a new study has pointed to an eating habit that could prove life-saving in this case.

Can diet help reduce allostatic load?

In the study, which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, experts looked at data from more than 5,000 adults and analyzed information about their diet quality from the National Survey of health and nutrition which compared allostatic load by biochemical markers. Experts found that people aged 31 and older with the highest scores for a good quality diet had a lower risk of high allostatic load.

Experts say the food you eat can affect stress levels in the long and short term. A healthy, balanced diet supports the immune system while nourishing and energizing the body for stressful events. Omega-3 fatty acids and vegetables, when incorporated into a balanced diet, can help regulate cortisol levels. Experts also recommend focusing on meal times and chewing food slowly for better digestion.

Dietary recommendations to better manage stress

Discover some stress management techniques recommended by nutritionists:

  1. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sugary snacks as they contribute to stress
  2. Rely more on complex carbs as they stabilize blood sugar while keeping you calm
  3. Don’t be too obsessed with what you eat as this could also contribute to stress

In addition, it is important to also focus on the quality of sleep for better management of stress levels.

Warning: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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