What Health Experts Eat To Manage Stress

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What Health Experts Eat To Manage Stress - Forbes

Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Brooklyn based dietitian and nationally recognized nutrition expert. She explains, “The human body may experience stress as a result of many factors, including psychological and systemic stressors. Nourishing ourselves with foods that are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants have the ability to aid in quelling or down-regulating the body's stress responses. Foods that act as stimulants within the body can increase the physical manifestations as well as the perception of stress, while foods with anti-inflammatory properties work synergistically to help maintain homeostasis.”

Feller says, “Fruits and vegetables in their whole, minimally processed form with limited added sugars, salts, and synthetic fats are important for the reduction of systemic stress and overall metabolic health. Foods rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, help reduce stress. Additionally, fiber-rich foods promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria that further support appropriate stress responses. My favorite stress-fighting snack would be one serving of spiced nuts with a serving of fruit. For a fiber-rich meal, I love curried chickpeas with dal puri roti and cabbage.”
 
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