Stress and Nutrition

Stress means different things to different people; situations that some might see as exciting, others might view with anxiety and fear.

There are many types of stresses that our bodies endure, including physical, emotional, environmental and chemical.  Our response to stress is the same today as it has always been. When we perceive a threat of any sort, it affects our autonomic nervous system and our ‘fight or flight’ instinct kicks in.  As a result, we release adrenaline to take on whatever the stressor might be.  Over time, this can take a toll on our energy, weight, sleep and hormonal balance.

Whilst we can’t always control the stresses we encounter, we can help our body’s response to the impact is has and the damage it might cause. 

Nutrition plays a vital role and happily there are many foods that naturally calm the system, reduce anxiety and encourage restful sleep –  they include:

·         Probiotics containing the strain lactobacillus-rhamnosus

·         Spirulina is a good source of iodine, great for adrenal support

·         Porridge oats

·         Bananas

·         Cherries

·         Dates

·         Nuts

·         Turkey

·         Fish

Join me at 6pm on Wednesday 22nd November Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings Street for an informative and empowering evening when I will be providing some further useful tips for stress management……perfect timing as we approach busy December!

Tickets just $10 – includes entry, refreshments and information sheet. Book here or email alison@healthyeating.net.nz to reserve your space. 

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