Diets: How Common Disorders Can Affect What You Eat

by Editorial Team | May 11th, 2018 | Chef Interviews
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Eating a well-balanced diet is essential for all human beings from babies to seniors to preserve overall health. However, common disorders like stress, ADHD, depression, and dysphagia often play a role in what you can eat, and in some cases your ability to digest certain foods.

Stress

Stress can take a toll on the body. Everyone experiences bouts of stress. The problem lies in the long-term effects on the body. Stress can elevate blood pressure and cause your immune system to break down, leaving you susceptible to acquiring colds and illnesses, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Stress can also wreak havoc on your diet. Many people use food as a crutch and binge eat when they feel overwhelmed. This would not be something to alarm yourself with if you ate good for you foods. But, this is not the case. In most cases, people reach for a box of cookies, a half-gallon of ice cream or a bag of chips and then devour it. Luckily, there are foods that can actually help you cope with your stress like salmon, tuna, and leafy green vegetables. So when you feel the anxiousness approaching order a tuna sandwich with lettuce and end your evening with a red glass of wine.

Dysphagia

People, who live with varying levels of dysphagia from moderate to severe, know all too well the trials and tribulations of sustaining a healthy diet. Chewing and swallowing are just a part of the problem. Many who have the disorder often have trouble keeping food down or at the very least keep it from causing serious heartburn in the throat. An ordinary meal turns into a dissection of which foods you can successfully swallow and which ones are in question. The good news is that a food processor can help with patients who have moderate symptoms allowing them to successfully finish a healthy meal. For people who have a severe reaction and simply cannot get even beverages into their system, there are alternative ways to get the essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins to the body. Products such as simplythick work by thickening the food or beverage without altering the taste. This allows it to slide down the throat and into the stomach for digestion.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

If you have ADHD you know how difficult it can be to finish a paper for class or get your housekeeping done on your day off. You have good intentions but sometimes no matter how hard you try you simply can’t focus to complete one task and so you often leave things undone for another day. While there is no known cure for ADHD there are ways to keep it under control by avoiding certain foods. For instance, food dyes and preservatives may trigger hypersensitivity. Unfortunately, they are common in many pre-packaged foods, sports drinks, and even cake mixes. If you find that after eating something with red or blue dye or artificial preservatives you are not able to function, try eliminating or at least avoiding them one by one.

Maintaining an appetite on a regular basis is something most people take for granted. The same can be said for the ability to easily consume food. If you happen to be struggling with a disorder which affects your eating, do not waste time in seeking ways to correct the situation. Fortunately there are a number of resources for helping get started.

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