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Stressed Out? Eat to fight it!

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Stressed Out? Eat to fight it!

Many patients who come into Paragon Orthopedic Center are stressed.  They have questions about a bone condition, the future of their health is unclear, or a life-changing surgery is on the horizon.  These are just a few of the reasons.  We know there are many more, plus you might have reasons relating to our ever-changing world that have you stressed out.  Research is showing you can choose certain foods to manage a variety of emotional challenges.  The Mayo Clinic has an informative article about how to eat well to reduce the toll on your body.

  • Eat foods that increase serotonin, the hormone that promotes a feeling of well-being and relaxation.  You do this by eating foods with tryptophan, such as salmon, eggs, nuts, poultry, soy products, milk, seeds, and spinach.
  • Choose breakfast items with protein to keep a steady blood sugar level and leave you feeling fuller longer.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated.  A dehydrated body will not function well, and in this summer heat, it is easy to get behind.  Thirst is a sign you’re not drinking enough.  Keep a water bottle close by at all times.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine.  These can disrupt regular sleep rhythms.  A well-rested body thinks more clearly and copes with changes better.
  • Get some exercise.  Yes, we had to add this in here, even though it isn’t directly related to food.  We care about you!  Paragon is always encouraging you to get up and move at a pace that is comfortable to you.  Exercise is a great way to get the endorphins going to combat anxiety or depression.  The weather in Southern Oregon is cooling off in the evening hours, making it a perfect time to take a brisk walk.  Whatever it is that can get your heart pumping at a moderate rate, do it every day!

These are suggestions that cannot take the place of professional help for stress and anxiety.  Changing your diet is supplemental to therapies by a professional.  This is a good way for you to feel in control, whether you are seeking professional care or not.  Here are links to the Mayo Clinic article, as well as one with information about foods to boost your levels of serotonin.

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