Have you ever wondered about the importance of your diet to combat stress?
Nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of our brain. And our brain needs to have adequate nutrition to be able to cope with stress.
Somehow it is easy to explain. If we do not receive the nutrients we need, our body will have a psychological consequence. In which, the lack of a nutrient will translate into anxiety.
In this case it would be important to mention that there are very clear symptoms with which we can realize that things are not quite right. That is, there is a very simple way to identify if the brain is not in its optimal state of the nutrients it needs.
The most common symptoms associated with a low-carbohydrate diet would be the following:
- Lack of concentration.
- Loss of consciousness
If we put all these symptoms together we would find a syndrome that we call "hypoglycemia." It is important to note that although hypoglycemia may be an indicator of a diet that has been low in glucose, it will not always be the case.
There are also many other reasons, even delicate ones, why one could have this syndrome. Therefore, it is important to go to the doctor to receive a consultation about it.
Having ruled out hypoglycemia due to medical causes much more serious than simple lack of nutrition, then we could already talk about the psychological importance of poor diet in the generation of Stress.
A common test of how poor diet influences the generation of stress are the various studies that prove poor school performance. The above in children living in extreme poverty.
It is known, for example, that such food generates low levels of concentration in children in addition to stress. Which of course is not the best ally for them to learn effectively in the classroom.
Other studies conducted by the American Diabetes Association demonstrated through a test called the Hypoglycaemia Assessment Tool that work performance decreased due to hypoglycemia.
In addition, it was found that patients suffering from diabetes were the most affected. Between 1.5 and 6.5 in diabetes types I and II they obtained a low performance. Especially regarding the arrival and departure of the workplace.
What is relevant about this study is that although people who have a poor diet are not necessarily diabetic, if we can infer with this study that people with hypoglycemia can have a low work or school performance.
From the above, then, the importance of understanding that good nutrition is an ally that can help us make our activity and cognition the most appropriate. The recommendation of the experts: always have breakfast, lunch and dinner properly.
Experts also recommend that our diet be balanced. With the necessary carbohydrates, but also with the inclusion of vegetables, proteins and essential vitamins for our diet.
On the other hand, it is important to complement with the help that a psychologist regarding food. The psychologists They mention that it is essential to eat well, to protect yourself from stress. Therefore, it is important that we understand that the recommendation to eat well is not about quantity, but quality.
If our diet is of quality, we will really assimilate that our brain is working to a hundred, which I think we will thank a lot.
So now you know. If you want to live better psychologically, you just have to eat well, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to talk to a professional and understand about the relationship between food in order to cope well with the Stress.
Mtro. Alfonso Chávez González
Specialist in Psychoanalysis.