The cooler weather combined with stress from the pandemic can cause more inflammation in our bodies, making us feel weaker and more tired than usual.
While prolonged stress can lead to a number of negative health effects, food intake can play a major role in managing your health. Here’s what to eat and what not to eat if you’re feeling stressed...
Reduce your intake of red meat and anything with trans fats, like butter, margarine and corn oil. Avoid fried foods, sugar, and processed foods.
Fruits and vegetables. We’ve all been told we need to eat more fruits and veggies, but it’s true. Berries and grapes are especially notable because they contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which reduce inflammation. Grapes also have resveratrol, a plant compound that reduces blood pressure and cholesterol. Meanwhile, celery and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale reduces risks of heart disease.
There are many health benefits to a good cup of tea. Tea has antioxidants called catechins, which reduce inflammation. Green tea is especially best for beating inflammation.
You can spice up just about anything you consume. Turmeric, a popular yellow spice in India, is one of the best anti-inflammatories because it contains curcumin, which can help with arthritis, diabetes, and other diseases. Ginger and rosemary are also known for their anti-inflammatory benefits. Research shows combining multiple spices together can have anti-inflammatory effects.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Our bodies need fatty acids, especially, EPA and DHA, to function. Fish, like salmon and tuna are rich in omega 3’s, while walnuts, tofu, flaxseed, soybeans and olive oil are high in fatty acids
Written by Katy Savage