A glass of milk before bed still good advice

Keeping stress levels in check is an important tool for overall health and wellness. Numerous studies have shown that people who are constantly stressed are also more vulnerable to everything from colds to heart disease.

Bernadette Latson, a clinical nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the best way to address stress, particularly for office workers, is to get away from the computer monitor and take a brief walk or stretch break.

Incorporating stress-fighting foods into your daily diet can also help.

“A bowl of warm oatmeal will boost a calming brain chemical known as serotonin, while foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will help keep the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in check,” says Ms. Latson, a registered dietitian.            

Other stress-fighting foods Ms. Latson suggests:

• A glass of skim or low-fat milk before bed can help reduce tension and anxiety.

• Oranges, rich in vitamin C, strengthen the immune system and reduce stress hormone levels.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

Media Contact: Kristen Holland Shear

March is National Nutrition Month.

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