Which of these statements is true?
- Stress is good for our health.
- Stress is bad for our health.
Answer: Both statements are true.
“We think of stress as being a bad thing, but stress is actually a natural part of life,” says Charles Hu, a nutrition investigator for the Nutrilite™ brand. “It’s how our bodies react to any type of change in our lives – positive or negative.”
A promotion at work or vigorous exercise produces feel-good, healthy stress, while a family disagreement or a missed deadline can result in a headache, upset stomach, or other symptoms of illness.
Too much negative stress can lead to serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to manage everyday stress. Our list of do’s and don’ts is a great way to start:
- DO eat plenty of stress-fighting foods, such as dark leafy greens, turkey breast, oatmeal, yogurt and blueberries.
- DO get daily exercise and plenty of sleep.
- DON’T use tobacco, caffeine or alcohol to ease stress.
- DON’T forget the activities you love: reading, listening to music, or game night with the family.
- DON’T isolate yourself with TV or the internet, which can make you feel even more stressed-out.