22nd March 2023

Nutrition when under stress

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When under stress, the immune system is depressed due to high levels of corticosteroids secreted from the adrenal glands.

Five a day is very important and this can be a combination of fruit and vegetables.  When under stress, certain vitamins are reduced such as Vitamins B and C.  Vitamin B can be found in breakfast cereals, Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, kiwis and blueberries also potatoes.

Nutrients such as iron are also reduced when under stress and spinach or any green vegetables are a good source.  Zinc is also reduced and can be found in oysters, meats, and liver, wheat germ and pumpkin seeds.

When eating your food, take each mouthful slowly so that you are able to firstly see it and enjoy looking at the different colours, smell the aroma, then taste it and this will slow down your breathing and help to digest food properly.

All the above will help your wellbeing when under stress and improve wellbeing. It is also essential to be able to identify the cause of stress and to be able to effectively manage it.

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