Making sure you’re getting the right amount of exercise – and putting the right ingredients in your body – doesn’t just benefit your physical health. Something that’s scientifically-proven, yet wildly underappreciated, is the ways in which eating well and staying fit can give your mental health a boost – and, in turn, help to you to keep your stress levels in check.
At Garden of Life, we’re passionate about doing things as naturally as possible and using natural ingredients, so here are our top diet and exercise tips for reducing stress, so you can put yourself in the best position to realise the extraordinary.
How stress can impact your body
Stress can take a negative toll on the body, especially when stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, are released. These effects can include:
- Increased blood sugar levels
- Faster heart rate
- Higher blood pressure
- Heightened anxiety levels
This means that long periods of stress could affect both your mental and physical health, but eating the right foods, and doing certain types of exercise, could help to reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling ready to take on the world once again.
With stress affecting your blood sugar levels, it’s important to eat meals at regular times to keep yours in check. Protein releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly, so we recommend eating plenty of protein-rich foods such as chicken, tuna and eggs if you’re facing a stressful situation.
Supplementing your diet with one of our vegan protein powders could also help with the slow release of sugar into your bloodstream, which may leave you feeling calmer in times of stress.