Dr. Mercola: Healthy Diet Marred By Stress

Recent reports have suggested that eating healthy diets can keep inflammation away. But more recent reports have advocated that healthy diets may actually not work in combating inflammation under stress.

It has been known for long that the heavy diseases such as many cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, strokes and even periodontal diseases do reach a level up when the diet is changed, since they are caused by chronic inflammations in the body but now, since a study claimed that if a person in under constant stress, these diseases get negative immunity from a healthy diet.

The study that correlates healthy eating with stress, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows the force of stress on health, even in the authority of healthy eating. These women were given two meals one of them which was healthy and one was not. Their symptoms of depression were assessed over 24 hours through a questionnaire.

The researchers found out that under low stress, markers of inflammation were high whereas under high stress levels, the markers were elevated regardless of the kind of the meal the subjects ate.

As a stress response, many people go for junk food as a means to substitute their reward centre or to feel elated or happy. A study concluded that under stress, if junk food was eaten there were higher chances of obesity, insulin resistance and more stress. The study's main author, Kirstin Aschbacher, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said, "Many people think a calorie is a calorie, but this study suggests that two women who eat the same thing could have different metabolic responses based on their level of stress. There appears to be a stress pathway that works through diet — for example, it could be similar to what we see in animals, where fat cells grow faster in response to junk food when the body is chronically stressed."

Stress has a deep effect on the gastrointestinal tract too. It may hamper the absorption ability, decreases oxygenation to the gut, decreases blood flow to the gut and even decreases the output of useful bacteria surprisingly by 20000 fold.

The one way to compensate for stress is to include anti stress ingredients to the diet plan. Including leafy vegetables, fruits and fermented foods may actually help in lowering chronic inflammation and increase the metabolism and productivity of the body.

Going for EFT techniques basically Emotional Freedom techniques quite similar to acupuncture in which using fingertips, vital energy which is locked is allowed to move to the body by refreshing the blow flow. Combining the EFT’s with a healthy diet is the main key to de-stress the body and should be followed under an EFT instructor only.



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