Stress has an adverse affect on our health. When we are stressed out, the body produces several hormones, including the notorious ‘stress hormone’ cortisol. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels and suppresses the immune system. Long-term high levels of cortisol often cause abdominal fat to accumulate, elevate blood pressure and may even cause blood sugar imbalance. Stress is linked to cancer and heart diseases. So how can we reduce it?
- Laugh. Laughing lowers stress hormones and may strengthen the immune system.
- Eat fruits and veggies. Shoot for nine servings of fruits and veggies everyday and increase the consumption of antioxidants to lower stress levels.
- Eat cocoa. Cocoa has been proven to lower stress hormones.
- Eat wholesome foods. Nuts, seeds, and whole grains will also help lower stress levels.