Some of the Best Tips to Beat Stress
Although some research shows that short bursts of stress can be good for you, a study out of Ohio State University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dealing with persistent, long-term stress can actually change your genes, leading to an increase in inflammation that can bring on a variety of health issues.
It’s important to learn ways to manage stress. Here is a list from online publication Health.com of some strategies to reduce stress.
Eat the Right Foods
Rely on Rituals
Get Out of Your Head
A surefire and fun way to get out of your head is to engage in activities that put the focus on your hands or body (think knead-ing bread, sketching a picture, knitting a scarf, or climbing a rock wall). As your hands and fingers begin to fall into those familiar rhythmic moves, it sends a signal to your brain that immediately relaxes you and makes you feel grounded. So immerse yourself in a creative, engaging activity and get ready to press the mute button.
Exercise Helps Beat Effects of Short-Term Overeating
The holidays are approaching: feasts, parties, weeks of overindulging…but, according to a new study from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, exercise can protect the body from the harmful effects of brief periods of binge eating.
Researchers conducted a study involving four healthy, lean, active adults between the ages of 21 and 26.
For one week, the participants consumed 30 percent more calories than usual. They continued their normal exercise pattern, which included at least 2 1/2 hours of aerobic activity over a 6-day span.
Before and then again after the study period, research-ers measured oral glucose tolerance levels, abdomi-nal fat levels, and inflammation markers in blood samples.
In people who do not exercise, these levels would be expected to rise after a week of overeating. How-ever, the participants in this study showed no signs of inflammation and no changes in glucose tolerance or fat breakdown.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them. You have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna and halibut; other seafoods, including algae and krill; some plants; and nut oils. Look for some of the ways omega-3 fatty acids can benefit your health in this issue.
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