Nutrition and Stress

  • Rich Blake
  • Jeffrey M. Lating
  • George S. EverlyJr.


This chapter has emphasized the body’s adaptive mechanisms that attempt to maintain homeostasis in response to physical and psychosocial stressors (see Chap. 2 for a detailed explanation). However, as we have noted, intense stress can deplete and weaken the body, including, for example, the SNS response to inhibit digestion. As Whitney, Hamilton, and Rolfes (1990) note, “Much of the disability imposed by prolonged stress is nutritional” (p. 13). The purpose of this chapter is to briefly review how some of the basics of nutrition are involved in the stress response, including fatty acids, antioxidants, and serotonin, and will conclude with an introduction of future directions for dietary intervention.


Mediterranean Diet Psychosocial Stressor Organic Food Energy Drink Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity 
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We would like to thank Stephen F. Bono, Ph.D., Clinical Pain Psychologist, Kernans Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Maryland Medical System, for his early review of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rich Blake
    • 1
  • Jeffrey M. Lating
    • 2
  • George S. EverlyJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Loyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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