Levine also suggests eliminating -- or at least minimizing -- the following foods to reduce stress in your daily life.
If you eat a lot of sugar, you end up with a quick rise in blood sugar levels (which is short-lived) followed by a big crash (due to an over-production of insulin), which can leave you feeling sad and stressed. Levine suggests limiting your consumption of refined sugars and only consuming them in small portions when you do have them.
Caffeine increases stress levels by stimulating the central nervous system. Excess intake of caffeine often results in hyperactive moods and causes irritation and stress. Try switching your morning cup of joe with decaf green tea or another herbal blend.
Research indicates that consuming excess alcohol can contribute to health problems like chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Drinking is a vicious cycle; the more you drink, the worse you feel when the buzz wears off. Alcohol can also lead to fragmented and poor-quality sleep.
Salt is a preservative and excess sodium intake should be avoided, Levine advises. Salt can raise your blood pressure, thereby increasing your risk of heart disease. Avoiding processed and packaged foods is an easy way to reduce your sodium intake – and lower your stress level.
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