The #1 Eating Habit to Reduce the Effects of Stress 

Stress can harm your health as you age. Fortunately, lifestyle changes can lower your allostatic burden. Stress-reduction tactics include deep breathing

In the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study, researchers compared diet quality from the National Health and

Nutrition Examination Survey to allostatic load, measured by biochemical markers, in over 5,000 US adults.

They discovered that persons 31 and older with high food quality ratings had lower likelihood of high allostatic load.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Gabriel of Los Angeles, California, says food can alter stress levels both long-term and short-term.

"Having a balanced diet can not only support a healthy immune system, but it also can provide the extra energy you might need to cope with

stressful life events," adds. "A balanced diet with omega-3 fats and veggies can lower cortisol levels. Eat carefully, pay attention, and chew slowly for healthy digestion."

Caffeinated drinks and sugary snacks can cause tension, but complex carbohydrates can balance blood sugar, making you calmer.

However, Grand Rapids, Michigan-based registered dietitian nutritionist Colleen Christensen advises against obsessing over food choices.

She advises against eating limits and instead focusing on lifestyle issues like sleep quality and stress management.

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