Stress Intervention: Intrapersonal

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iv) More calcium

Stress can affect the absorption of calcium in the intestines and can increase the excretion of calcium, potassium, zinc, copper and

magnesium. This may led to fragile bones and increase the risk of fracture, especially in women.

(v) Less salt

Salt is another stressor. If one is genetically susceptible to sodium and he/she continues to ingest too much of it, high blood pressure

develops easily. When the individual is confronted with stressors, the blood pressure may be further elevated to a dangerous level.

(vi) Less sugar

Sugar can lead to stress, too. In order to break down sugar, sufficient amount of vitamin B is needed. However, a great deal of

vitamin B is released when we are dealing with stress. Therefore, it is advisable to eat less sugar, especially processed flour, in order

to reduce the amount of vitamin B needed in breaking down sugar. Hence we can have sufficient amount of vitamin B in response to


(vii) Weight control

Obesity increases the risk of uterine, cervical, and breast cancers in women. Therefore, it is desirable to control our weight.However,

an overemphasis on dieting is unhealthy because it may lead to anorexia nervosa and bulimia. It is advisable to be more realistic about

our weight, pay more attention on health first, follow the instruction of professional physician, and do exercise regularly.

(viii) Eating rhythm and atmosphere

Apart from food, eating slowly is equally important. Intemperate eating affects digestion and excretion. Try to take a walk, read a

book, listen to music or take a rest before having a meal. Keep a delighted atmosphere during eating and eat slowly. All these can

make us enjoy our meal, reduce stress, and avoid ulcers.

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