Stress Intervention: Intrapersonal
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.