Author: Darlene Kvist
Original publishing date: August 20, 2016
“When you experience the on-going stress of caregiving, good nutrition becomes critical to maintain your health and well-being.”
Nutrition is an important factor for the well-being of a caregiver. Being a caregiver can be tiring and stressful but good nutrition can make it easier. Food not only improves the immune system but also has an impact on their daily moods and well-being. Caregivers often tend to de-prioritize their own meals while taking care of their loved ones due to their busy routines. Eating food that is easily available and less time consuming, e.g. junk food should be avoided. Excessive ready to eat or sugary foods can have a negative impact on the immune system.
When feeling low or depressed people prefer to choose “comfort food”, which generally includes a lot of sugar or trans-fat. This has a major impact on the daily moods of the caregiver when their stress and anxiety levels increase. The article also highlights that as one’s level of stress increases, the level of immunity decreases. When a caregiver is stressed for longer periods there are higher chances of them falling sick.
“If you do not eat healthy enough to rebuild your immune system and the stress continues for months or years, you
make yourself more vulnerable to illnesses…”
The importance of nutrition of the caregiver is generally overlooked by themselves. As compared to emotional support available, there are very few nutritionists available for caregivers who can guide them. The article has many useful tips like limiting consumption of coffee and alcohol; drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday and many more.
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