[PRESENTED BY LIFE TIME FITNESS]
Are the foods you’re eating causing you stress? It’s quite possible. There are certain foods that are more likely to increase inflammation in our bodies, therefore increasing internal stressors.
“I frequently tell my clients who are experiencing stress, bloating, bowel irregularities, cramps, skin irritations, rashes and headaches to eliminate certain foods one at a time and monitor to find the culprit of these issues,” says Paul Kriegler, registered dietitian for Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company, with one location in Mississauga.
Kriegler offers a few of the food groups that might be contributing to your body’s stress:
Gluten intolerance causes a lot of stress on the body. If you have gluten sensitivities, you may be experiencing fatigue, brain fog, stomach and intestinal pain. Since gluten acts as a toxin for a gluten intolerant individual, they will experience erratic blood sugar levels, causing major stress to the body.
Milk products contain lactose, which is a sugar that can be difficult for the human body to digest. People with lactose intolerance can experience gastrointestinal pain or discomfort when they ingest dairy products. Milk can also contribute to inflammation since it contains high levels of casein, a protein that some people find difficult to process.
Egg yolks contain arachidonic acid, which is a fatty acid known to cause inflammation. The body breaks down this acid into inflammatory compounds which can cause you discomfort. Abstaining from all eggs for two to four weeks may help you identify if they are causing trouble in your body.
Nuts are a convenient snack that provides quick energy and healthy fats, but eating too many could be increasing the stress on your body. Nuts are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory, so it’s important to find the right balance and not eat too many.
Unfortunately, soy isn’t always a health food. It can cause digestive, thyroid and hormonal problems. Soy is everywhere in our grocery stores, and if you read the labels of soups, sauces, breads and meats, you’re likely to find soy-based ingredients.
6. Added sugars
Sugary foods are not only devoid of nutrients, but they can cause fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin levels, making you irritable and affecting your concentration.
STRESS RELIEVING FOODS
The key to relieving stress on the body is a nutrient-rich diet. Your body is always under some kind of stress, so it’s important to maintain a balanced state. Focus on eating a colorful variety of non-starchy vegetables, quality, non-GMO protein sources, healthy fats with an appropriate omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, and organic produce.
Is your body feeling the stress? Your diet might be the culprit. For more information and to learn about detox programs, visit www.lifetimefitness.com.