Balancing Work-Life Stress with Nutrition
Achieving work-life balance is not easy. Among Millenials (18 to 34y), there is a scarcity of good, stable jobs. Millenials are 3 times more likely to be unemployed that older working-age people. Gen Xers (35-50y) are mid-career and being squeezed with increasing responsibilities at work and the frantic pace associated with school and social commitments of their children. Baby boomers (the youngest of whom is 51y) face age-related health changes and uncertain financial futures. Stress is a too common occurrence.
Two new Advances in Nutrition reviews highlight the importance of nutrition for well-being. Diet and exercise affect blood lipid concentrations and cardiovascular health. Dietary choices affect blood cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations. Soluble fibers like oat beta-glucan, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, vegetable proteins and phytosterols, and polyphenols positively affect lipid profiles. After searching the literature, Davis-Yadley and Malafa cite preclinical study finding that vitamins A, C, D, E and K are important nutrients for pancreatic health. Nutrition is important for health. Vitamin E helps prevent oxidative stress. Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, help balance anti-inflammatory mediators involved in restful sleep patterns. As the American Society for Nutrition writes, “sleep has an impact on what we eat and how we eat.”
Eat for enjoyment. Eat for life. Make certain you consume recommended amounts of essential vitamins and minerals.
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Davis-Yadley AH, Malafa M. Vitamins in pancreatic cancer: A review of underlying mechanism and future applications. 2015 Adv Nutr doi: 10.3945/an.115.009456
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