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Stress-Proof Your Diet


Stress-Proof Your Diet

Stress can play havoc on your body, utilizing a stress proof diet can help!  It can deplete the nervous system, it can interfere with your sleep and muddle your sleeping patterns, it can affect your appetite and your intestinal health.   Stress can also be responsible for many diseases.  Emotionally, stress can cause depression.

Stress is in actual fact a very complex set of responses that affect your adrenal glands, your nervous system as well as your cardiovascular system.  The stress response is activated whenever homeostasis within the body is threatened.
Fortunately, there are very simple ways to stress proof your diet so that you are in a more homeostatic state.


When we feel stressed, we often reach out for the foods that are laden with sugar.  This is actually your body’s way to artificially induce serotonin to the brain.  Serotonin is the feel good hormone that is released when we are happy.  Of course, this is just a temporary solution.

Sugars and refined carbohydrates can cause you blood sugar levels to rise very quickly causing you to feel instantly great.  However, this feeling does not last long.  Insulin is the hormone that delivers the glucose from your blood to your cells.  Once this is done, you will feel a terrible low.


Magnesium is one of the most commonly deficient minerals.  This helps to explain why many are tired a lot of the time.  Magnesium is a very important mineral in the body as it is responsible for over 1000 enzymatic reactions in the body.

“Increased magnesium relaxes nerves and muscles while also building and strengthening bonesand aiding smooth blood circulation,” nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge says. “Stress, poor quality sleep, constipation, muscle spasms, headaches and migrainesare just some of the symptoms you
Eating magnesium-rich foods such as kale, pumpkin seeds, spinach, beetroot, bananas and quinoa will help, and Chevalley Hedge advises having a bath daily with half a cup of Epsom salts, and sipping a rooibos tea, as these both contain magnesium.may experience if your diet is lacking in magnesium.”

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