Stress is one of the biggest risk factors to develop chronic diseases like cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and chronic pain.
Many of us experience stress on a daily basis. When we are stressed, our immune, endocrine, and nervous systems are adversely affected. The food that we eat has a major effect on our minds and bodies. Dr. Francesca Vazquez, a clinical health psychologist, is here to help us overcome stress by teaching us what to eat and what to avoid when we feel nervous and overwhelmed by the everyday problems.
- What we should avoid:
- Processed food – anything that isn’t natural, has preservatives, or comes in boxes;
- White flour products – they can be extremely inflammatory;
- Alcohol – it can disrupt hormones;
- Excessive caffeine – morning coffee is ok, but if consumed in excess it could disrupt the adrenals and the nervous system;
- Sugar – when sugar carving creeps in, choose a piece of dark chocolate or peanut butter on whole-wheat toast.
- What’s good for us:
- Almonds, oranges, bananas, oatmeal, avocados, and asparagus – B-complex vitamins;
- Spinach, bananas, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate – Magnesium;
- Almond milk, spinach, yogurt, broccoli, kale, and figs – Calcium;
- Oranges, blueberries, lemons, and limes – Vitamin C;
- Sunlight – Vitamin D;
- Nuts, salmon, and tuna – Omega-3 fatty acids.