Got Stress? Avoid These 5 Foods

When we experience stress on a daily basis, our immune, endocrine, and nervous systems are adversely affected. In fact, stress is one of the biggest risk factors for developing chronic diseases like hypertensiondiabetesinflammationchronic pain, and cardiovascular conditions.

Unfortunately, when times get tough, most of us instead head to the candy aisle or drive-thru, engaging in a downward spiral that only aggravates our body’s response to stress.

Here are 5 Foods To Avoid When In High Stress Mode:

1.Processed Foods

If you eat lots of processed meat, fried food, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products, you’re more likely to be anxious and depressed. A diet full of whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish can help keep you on a more even keel.

2.Doughnuts

We all love them, and little treats now and then can help your mood. But just so you know: Doughnuts have all the wrong kinds of fats, snow-white flour with little fibre to slow absorption, and lots of added sugar. So, if you must, make them a treat, not a routine

3.Alcohol

Alcohol affects our liver health and can disrupt hormones. You may think it helps you relax, but it actually acts as a depressant in your nervous system and disrupts your deep sleep by increasing cortisol levels in the body. And with less quality sleep, you become less able to manage stress.

4.Caffeine/Energy Drinks

I know what you’re thinking: Don’t take away my morning coffee! Don’t worry, your morning coffee is OK. Caffeine isn’t necessarily our enemy. But like everything, when consumed in excess, it could have harmful effects, including disrupting our adrenals and nervous system.

5.Dairy 

Research shows that people who have anxiety say they’ve noticed an increase in symptoms within minutes of consuming dairy products. About 10 per cent of adults are lactose intolerant. Even more, are thought to have difficulty digesting the casein found in cow’s milk. Truth is, dairy is inflammatory. It wreaks havoc on the digestive system, causing, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. So, if you’re looking for ways to manage anxiety, the answer to the question Got Milk?, should be a big, fat, NO GO.