Reducing Stress

January 12, 2009 5:06:44 AM PST
Could a simple change in your diet help you reduce stress? Health expert Sherry Torkos who has authored a number of books on natural medicine and women's health says yes. She believes the change is especially critical right now due to the current economic stress many families are faced with. She says stress is directly linked to

a number of health problems including heart disease, cancer, obesity, eating disorders and depression. And stress-related ailments account for between 75 to 90 percent of all visits to the doctor.

So how do you reduce stress when you can't reduce your workload? Sherry suggests these simple diet changes?

Avoid the following: artificial sweeteners, processed foods, additives, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, sugar

And increase the following:

Foods rich in B-Vitamins such as Brewer's yeast, liver, soy, broccoli, legumes, fresh meats, unprocessed grains, lentils, salmon, corn, nuts, sunflower seeds, egg and citrus fruit. B-Vitamins support the entire nervous system and the adrenal glands which regulate the stress response by secreting hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.

Foods rich in Amino acids including eggs, meat, and fish. Amino acids are the building blocks or protein. They support brain function, especially that of neurotransmitters, which can dramatically impact mood and behaviors. Because of that, amino acids can help relieve symptoms of stress.

Foods rich in Magnesium such as dairy, meat, eggs, fish, seafood, green leafy vegetables, nuts, tofu and whole grains. Magnesium helps with muscle relaxation and heartbeat regulation. It has been shown to help cure insomnia and anxiety, two issues common in people under chronic stress.


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