Health Watch - Mind and Body: Fighting Stress

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the link between mind and body. Stress can affect your physical health, leaving you more vulnerable to illness. Meanwhile, taking care of your body can help ease stress levels.

Stress can raise your risk for illnesses ranging from heart disease to colds. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the best way to fight stress at work is to get away from the computer and take a walk or do some stretches every so often.

Meanwhile, what you eat can also help. A bowl of warm oatmeal can boost levels of the soothing brain chemical serotonin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, help manage stress hormones. A glass of skim milk at bedtime can lower tension and make it easier to sleep, and oranges are rich in vitamin C to help boost the immune system and help reduce stress hormone levels.


March 2010

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