December 5, 2016

Stress: Another Healthy Reason to Pass on the Holiday Treats

By Brian Asbill, MD
Asheville Cardiology

shutterstock-cookies-holidayDon’t forget that what you eat affects how you feel. For example, eating sugar increases the levels of stress hormones in the brain. This can in turn increase the likelihood of developing problems with anxiety or depression.

Studies have also shown that a high-sugar diet increases the levels of inflammatory markers in the brain, which, in turn, can affect performance on memory tests. So, our mood and brain function can very much be affected by what we eat.

The next time you see that plate of goodies in the breakroom, first ask yourself if you really need a snack. If so, then consider a piece of fruit, veggies and humus, or something similar instead of a high-sugar or high-fat processed snack. Your brain and your body will thank you!


Dr. Brian Asbill is a cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology – mission-health.org/heart