How does diet reinforce stress?
Although there is no universal agreement on what
constitutes a low fat diet and what role it plays in every disease, there is a
recommendation from the American Heart
Association to maintain an intake of
not more than 30% fat in your diet. Investigate other articles to see if
evidence confirms, or denies , the advisability of maintaining a diet of
less than 30% of fat intake on a daily basis. How is diet implicated in
reinforcing stress? Be sure and include a summary, or abstract, of the article
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The article I read was
about how stress can make you gain weight. The
experts believe that when you get stressed out, your body gears up for the
fight or flight mode. When we become stressed, our brains release a
substance known as corticotrophin-releasing hormone, which sends the body into
"fight or flight" mode. The Digestive system shuts off for a
when your adrenaline starts flowing. Adrenaline and Cortisol, which help
mobilize carbohydrate and fat for quick energy are released. When the
that you are experiencing is over, the adrenaline goes away but the Cortisol
remains and makes you hungry so that you regain the fat that was burned off
as energy. So, You shouldn't eat more than 30% fat in your diet because
if you don't burn any fat during the stressful episode, you will still be
hungry because of the Cortisol.
I read a couple of articles. The first one had to do with low fat diet and stress reduction and how it affected a group of men who had prostrate cancer in two ways. After 4 months, each man in the group lost weight and in addition, 80% of them had a reduction in the rate of the tumor progression.
This site discussed the ways that some foods actually cause stress through beta-carbolines that can impair serotonin production. Also, caffeine found in colas, coffee, teas and chocolate can make you more likely to experience stress. Some of the other hot foods are salt and sugar.
Sandra Englebert ( Winter 2002 )
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