According to the results of a new study carried out by Ohio State University, stress and inflammation can negate the benefits you receive after consuming a healthy diet. The researchers found that people who consumed monounsaturated fats were affected more than their counterparts who took a breakfast packed with “bad” saturated fats.
How Stress and Inflammation Negates Healthy Diet
Stress negates the positive energy created by healthy diet by complicating the way the digestion system processes food. Also, it decreases saliva in the mouth, often making speaking awkward. Swallowing may become difficult, and the increase in stomach acids contributes to ulcer pain. People tend to perspire more, and electrical currents are transmitted more quickly across the skin. Skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, herpes, hives, and eczema, are exacerbated.
Most of the foods that cause inflammation seem to be fried foods, processed foods, refined sugars and trans-fats. Great foods to eat to avoid inflammation include fresh oily fish, and especially colorful fresh fruits and vegetables. According to the researchers, those following a heart-healthy diet should exercise proper stress management skills. This will help to facilitate maximum benefits from their diets.
Those following a heart-healthy diet are advised to adopt stress management plans such as talking to a close ally or a relative when under pressure, engaging in regular exercises, avoiding stress triggers like arguments and getting adequate hours of sleep. Also, such people should focus on treatments and medications, yoga or engaging in activities that they love. These are some effective ways to ensure that stress or inflammation do not negate the health benefits you derive from your diet.
According to studies, the type of food we consume and also the level of stress can inflict significant effects on inflammation in our bodies. People are advised to follow a healthy diet; consuming foods rich in non-starchy fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and monounsaturated fats to enhance retention of health benefits of the foods.