The Effect of Stress on Eating

The Effect of Stress on Eating

Vitamin loss and immune deficiency

Modern life is stressful and this places its own demands on the body. Certain nutrients are used up more quickly when you are under stress: your body needs extra B vitamins to release energy and keep the central nervous system healthy. It needs Vitamin C and zinc to build up resistance to infection.

If you do not get enough of these, the immune system is weakened and you become susceptible to minor illnesses such as colds, cough and fever.

The Anti-stress larder

“Include the right foods.”

The good news is that nutrition can actually be a powerful when it comes to dealing with stress. Make sure to include plenty of these foods in your diet.

B vitamins, Vitamin C ,Starch ,Zinc are the nutrients that are abundant in the following………
Citrus fruit
Dairy products
Dried fruit
Fresh fruit
Fresh vegetables
Fruit juices
Green vegetables
Lean meat / poultry
Pulses – peas, beans and lentils
Red meat
Wholegrain cereals – rice, jowar, bajra, ragi, wheat

Coping with stress

“Follow the recommendations.”

Here are some more tips to help you cope with stress:

  1. Eat small meals more often – at least every three hours – to boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue caused by stress
  2. Base meals around complex carbohydrates such as whole-wheat bread, chappatis, rice and potatoes
  3. Set aside time for eating so that you can eat slowly, relax and enjoy your meal
  4. Don’t let anything encroach on mealtimes, no matter how busy you are
  5. Remember that tea and coffee are far more likely to stimulate feelings of anxiety, rather than calm them
  6. Don’t eat sugary foods too often
  7. Avoid smoking and alcohol – both rob the body of valuable nutrients

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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