Nutrition for Your Noggin

What a stressful semester this has been! And guess what today’s topic is? Yup, you guessed it, S•T•R•E•S•S.

After doing some research, I found that a lot of foods and drinks that I help when I’m stressed, are actually some that can make it worse. Comfort foods are a big no. This may be the first thing you go to when you’re stressed out but a lot of these foods,at least for me, are high in sugar, butter, or cheese. The high calories that are found, like mac and cheese (my guilty pleasure) in these foods aren’t accompanied with nutrients. Keeping your body healthy by supplying it with healthy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can help keep your body and your mind in check, and allow your body to work properly and naturally reduce the feelings that are accompanied by stress.

Another thing I’m guilty of is coffee! I rely on it to keep me awake and alert longer so I have more time to finish assignments and study. Again, not a good choice. Try to stay away from caffeinated drinks, especially in the morning. The caffeine puts your body in alert mode so it’s ready for fight or flight. In this state, your body releases hormones that increase symptoms of stress, for example high blood pressure and increased heart rate. Instead of coffee, reach for a glass of water, or an herbal tea.

To get your nervous system nice and strong, increase your intake of Vitamin E, B and C, magnesium and zinc. These are found across different food groups so it’s important to get a little bit of each. Include meats, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and oily fish in your diet to obtain these nutrients and strengthen your nervous system.

So, hopefully with some of these changes and more sleep, I’ll be on the road to a less stressful lifestyle 🙂