No, it’s not a weird form of PMS, it’s psycho-neuro-endo-immunology, and everybody is talking about it. It’s the branch of science that examines the impact of psychological factors on the nervous, hormonal and immune systems — in other words, how stress affects our minds and bodies. Stress, of course, is fashionable right now, and the latest PNEI findings maintain that diet can play a significant part in improving your emotional and physical wellbeing.
If you think about it, we all “self-medicate” during stressful times — upping caffeine intake to keep wired, stuffing in the sugar for comfort or quaffing wine to calm down. Eating lentils will not solve financial worries, stop the baby crying or repair a broken relationship, but making careful food choices in moments of strength can help your body through times of strife.
So, if stress is turning you into a moody chocoholic insomniac, with no sex drive, constant colds, tummy troubles, dire concentration and heart palpitations, here is what you need to do.
Boost magnesium intake
This “calming” mineral is used by the body to make energy, balance blood-sugar levels and maintain healthy blood pressure — all the things that go haywire when you are under pressure. One sign of a deficiency is anxiety. Found in green vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and pulses, magnesium is an underrated and underconsumed nutrient. A UK government survey found that 72% of women do not get the recommended intake. A handful of almonds and a serving of boiled spinach will give you half of what you need a day.
Don’t drink coffee before 10am
The ideal is to drink none at all, but if that is too stressful, have one or two a day, but never on an empty stomach. Having a hit of rocket fuel first thing, when your body is still half asleep, becomes another form of the stress you are trying to combat. What’s more, your body “up regulates” — it becomes immune to the caffeine hit — and needs more of it to have an effect.
Source - Times