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Eating Your Stress Away the Healthy Way!

By Stepy Kamei

It's not pleasant to admit it, but stress tends to rear its ugly head in all of our lives from time to time. We've all learned to find our own personal coping mechanisms, be it through healthy strategies ... or maybe through methods we know may not be the best for our well-being. I know I can't be the only one who's ever taken to eating junk food in order to cope with a stressful situation. You probably know it's not great for your well-being to consume junk food, especially when you're stressed -- but did you realize there may be a way for your diet to not only reduce stress levels, but also protect you from future episodes of stress from popping up in the future? Read on for more helpful information on how you can fight stress through a healthy diet.

The Negative Impact Junk Food Can Have on Your Stress Levels

Have you ever wondered why you've been tempted to reach for greasy, fatty foods when you're stressed? Studies are showing that when faced with increased levels of stress, the body increases production of hormones such as cortisol, which increase appetite and hunger. Junk food, unfortunately, is a quick and easy fix when it comes to satisfying these cravings. However, it should come as no surprise that these foods not only often lead to weight gain and low energy -- they can also increase stress even more!

So, What Foods Should You Be Eating for Reduced Stress?

Of course, none of this is to say you should avoid food altogether when you're feeling high levels of stress. It's really about making smart and healthy choices when it comes to your diet. Consider foods that are rich in whole grains, such as oatmeal and whole wheat bread, or omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and mixed nuts. These types of foods are rich in nutrients which can keep your stress levels low and your productivity during the day high. 

It's also important to stay hydrated throughout the day, so make sure you're drinking water regularly. Remember, tea and coffee don't count -- only water will hydrate your body, and as a pleasant side effect, this can reduce your stress levels quickly. 

Looking for more ways to live a healthier lifestyle? Consider dropping into your nearest The Joint Chiropractic location for an initial consultation. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vacaville, Calif.

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