7 Tips on How to Manage the Impact of Stress Through Your Diet

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Stress, unfortunately, is something that most people deal with as a by-product of their busy lives.  Below are seven tips on how you can naturally reduce the impact that stress has on your body by focusing on what you eat:
  1. Reduce animal protein such as dairy, meat, and poultry. This will help decrease plaque buildup, and elevated homocysteine levels (homocysteine is an amino acid found in animal protein that correlates with increased risks of heart disease, low levels of B12 and renal disease).
  2. Add dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, romaine, swiss chard as well as a green smoothie. These all contain folic acid, raw minerals, vitamins, fiber, and phytonutrients all reducing the risk of heart disease. Plants also help lower cholesterol because they don’t contain cholesterol.
  3. Add bright colored vegetables such as yellow and orange peppers, lemons, tomatoes, beets, and cabbages contain high levels of the antioxidant vitamin C. This has been shown to lower cholesterol and protect against inflammation.
  4. Taking a high quality resveratrol supplement by ReserveAge , eating dark red and purple fruits or drinking 1-2 glasses of red wine may prove to slow the progress of age-related diseases, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s due to their antioxidant resveratrol content.
  5. Eat seeds and nuts containing omega-3 fatty acids such as chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts are all anti-inflammatory.
  6. Eat beans and legumes such as Anasazi, adzuki, black beans, chickpeas and lentils because they are rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium and soluble fiber as well as are a low glycemic load food.
  7. A B12 vitamin injection ($35 at Illuminate – Face & Body Bar) has been shown to have beneficial results in reducing stress and fatigue, improving memory and cardiovascular health and stimulating some weight loss.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet not only will help with lowering the risks of heart disease, weight gain, cancer and auto-immune disorders but they also fight free radicals that age you by increasing the alkalinity in the body while enhancing your beauty from the inside out. To Your Health, Sharina Heiney
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