Dubai is a fast city! With the fast paced business environment, long working hours, and the 24-hour online 'world wide web' work culture many people in Dubai feel stressed.
Stress starts in the mind - but it doesn't stay there. Every time you react to a stressful event, it triggers a flow of activity that changes your body chemistry. It triggers the release of hormones, which gets your ready to 'fight or take flight'. One of these hormones is cortisol.
Cortisol has been given the name 'the stress hormone' since it's released in the body in high levels during the body's instinctive response to stress.
Under normal circumstances, the cortisol isn't harmful to your health. But if you experience chronic stress, elevated cortisol levels over time may lead to problems with sleep, bad mood, and memory problems. It may also contribute to weight gain.
Fortunately, you can fight back! One way of doing this is with food. Food has a big impact on stress. It is scientifically proved that someone with a healthy and balanced diet is likely to be better at handling a stressful life compared to someone eating a poor diet.
Have a look at this grocery list for a tasty assortment of cortisol-reducing foods to get you started:
Limit the amount of tea, coffee and energy drinks you are drinking when you are feeling stressed. They contain ingredients that stimulate the brain and, therefore, may worsen the stress.
Junk food is often a far cry from a balanced and healthy diet. They may contain high levels of low-quality protein, fats and carbohydrates depleted from vital minerals and vitamins, which will help your body reduce stress.
Food and drinks that are high in refined sugar like soft drinks, cakes and sweets. These items are often packed full of empty calories and make your blood sugar respond quickly. When you blood sugar levels go up and down quickly your mood will do the same. Most likely it will also make you hungry, angry, and distressed and make it more difficult for you to think clearly.
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Your body rely on you to get vital nutrients from the food you eat. Your body takes care of millions of biological processes every day. Each process depends on certain components and building blocks - which you can only get from fresh, nutritious food, prepared in the right way.
Processed and industrialised prepared food does not give your body what it needs. It is not real food - it cannot give your body fuel to the millions of vital processes to function optimally. Poor quality food does not feed your body well - it only fills your stomach!