Health Watch - Stress: Diet and Stress
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about dealing with stressful times. Food may help you cope with stress — and that doesn’t mean a chocolate binge or indulging in comfort food.
Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says many foods contain compounds that help your body manage stress. A bowl of oatmeal can raise levels of the calming brain hormone serotonin. Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids can lower levels of stress hormones. A glass of skim or low-fat milk before bed can help reduce tension and anxiety. Oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system and lower stress hormone levels. Ms. Latson also says that adding exercise to your routine can help you manage stress. Get away from your desk for a short walk instead of reaching for a candy bar when you need a break.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.
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