Health Watch - Tax Time: Food for Stress

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about tax time. Previously, we shared some tips on dealing with stress. One of those hints involved eating well. The right foods can help lower your stress levels.

Before you sit down to work on your tax return, start the day with a bowl of oatmeal. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says oatmeal boosts the calming brain chemical serotonin. Have a glass of orange juice with your oatmeal. Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which helps your immune system while also reducing stress hormone levels. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help control the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. To get a good night’s rest after a day spent dealing with tax forms, have a glass of warm milk at bedtime. That can help reduce stress and anxiety.

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April 2011


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