Are you aggravated and outraged by the stresses of paying high rent and water bills, of opening mail to find another red light or speeding ticket, or receiving a turn-off notice from our infamous gas and electric company? What are the effects of stress in relation to eating habits? What is the connection between bad stresses with human nutrition? How can you modify the outcome of bad stress to promote a positive mood and ensure better health?
Socioeconomic factors unfortunately are the main culprits for the effects of the health statistics in Baltimore. According to a report of health profiles in Baltimore City by the city health department, neighborhoods where citizens have higher incomes and less tension have a higher life expectancy of 20 years. Realistically, awareness and education of these disproportionate correlations would be a great method of prevention but change is unforeseen due to the policymaking of our smaller sectors.
The inability to understand the consequences of being an emotional or restrictive eater when dealing with life stress is understated. Many individuals become sickened with conditions and diseases not of any fault of their own. Instead, the means of survival is the primary concern for those without proper resources. With the need to eat and drink whatever one can afford, health is sacrificed for the masses.
Understanding the human body can be complicated. Stress and human nutrition become intertwined. Cortisol hormones are heightened when one encounters stress-related life situations. Bad stress increases the need to crave foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt, crash diet, forget to drink water and skip meals. The results are the elevated blood pressure levels, imbalance of blood sugar, and obesity. In addition, the immune system weakens.
How does one modify bad stress to good stress? Increase your endorphins, hormones produced in the brain, to decrease the release of cortisol hormones. Dark chocolate and chili peppers are two foods that enrich the endorphins’ production in the brain. A strenuous workout at the gym or in the comfort of your home is another means to relieve stress. A good laugh from a comedian, movie, or television show does a body good.
Moreover, knowledge is the key to power; power to enrich your health. The outside forces will remain constant but one must continue to find ways to prevent the long-term results. The decision to control the potential of being in a healthy state emotionally and physically still lies in our own hands. The realization of bad stress and its effects on the human body and nutrition is of utmost importance.