A study conducted by the University of Washington, published in the journal 'Preventing Chronic Disease', relates a high level of stress in the workplace with a increase in fast food consumption and a lower intake of fruits and vegetables, which has as a direct consequence alterations in intestinal transit such as constipation.
According to the research, the stress that employees suffer in their workplace is closely linked to the adoption of inadequate dietary habits, which include a decrease in water intake, an increase in the frequency with which they eat, and an unfortunate choice of food, which causes the most stressed to opt for products rich in saturated fats to the detriment of those rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins.
The stress that employees suffer in their workplace is closely linked to the adoption of inadequate dietary habits
The economic crisis, according to data from the Regus Business Tracker survey, has caused up to 58% of Spanish workers to ensure that their level of work stress has increased, due mainly to the pressure they are subjected to by the need to increase profitability and maintain good customer service. Other variables also influence this increase in stress, such as the fact that many employees feel that their job is threatened and that they can be dismissed at any time, or that their responsibilities have been increased without changing their economic conditions or their status. labor.
Jesús Román, president of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA) warns that not taking a balanced diet together with stressful situations that can occur in the workplace causes altered peristaltic movements of the intestine , because it reduces the blood supply to the intestinal tract. These movements then become slower and constipation appears.
To prevent these disorders, the experts of the Intestinal Regulation Forum and the SEDCA advise to eat more fruit and vegetables, foods rich in fiber, and maintain an adequate consumption of water, in addition to practicing physical exercise regularly. They also indicate that it is important to establish and maintain regular meal times, and avoid eating untimely.
Source: Intestinal Regulation Forum and the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA)