Dietary Habits to Reduce the Effects of Stress

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Dietary Habits to Reduce the Effects of Stress

Certain dietary habits can interfere with our ability to deal with stress and even increase the effects of stress on the body. Some of these factors are the obvious ones and include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco products, eating sugar-rich foods and high amounts of simple carbohydrates, skipping meals so the body does not receive adequate nutrition at regular intervals, failing to eat sufficient amounts of high-quality protein to support immune health and blood sugar regulation, and taking in large amounts of stimulants such as caffeine.

On the contrary, a diet high in essential fatty acids, rich in fruits and vegetables that contain important antioxidants, whole grains, and nutrient-rich foods (as opposed to eating empty calories) that contain essential vitamins and minerals all are supportive of the body’s stress response. Adding a high-quality, nutritionally complete multivitamin that contains the essential B vitamins, vitamin C and other antioxidant nutrients, such as CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and polyphenols, strengthens the foundation of nutritional support necessary for achieving the ability to cope with stressful situations.

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