I would like to introduce you the “stress hormone” ……. Cortisol.
Cortisol works hard during times of fear or STRESS.
Cortisol has some nick names “the death hormone,” and “the fat storage hormone,”
Cortisol is just doing it’s job day after day and she does it really well.
Cortisol is made in your adrenal glands. In todays world we have a lot of stress and
cortisol’s job is to secrete more cortisol in times of stress.
EXAMPLES OF STRESS
- Family Issue
- Money Issues
- Overtraining the body
- Lack of sleep
- Poor Nutrition
- Worry, Fear, anxiety
- Hormone Imbalances
- Injuries/Chronic Stress
- Too Low Calories
Guess what? If our bodies are always in a constant state of STRESS then,
Cortisol is going to keep pumping out more Cortisol into your body.
What does this mean? Well you know I am going to tell you right …
EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CORTISOL
- Weight gain, especially in the abs and waistline
- Reduced growth hormone, testosterone, DHEA and estrogen
- Decreased bone density
- Decrease in muscle tissue
- Lowered immunity
- Lowers short-term memory and cognitive function
- Suppressed thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Suppress DHEA, the “youth” hormone
Now lets talk blood sugar. We always strive to keep our blood sugar in balance by
eating clean and natural foods and eating regularly through out the day.
But when the body is STRESSED constantly, Cortisol causes blood sugar to elevate,
which can lead to an acidic condition. When our blood is in a higher acidic state
this can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
The body is all about balance and always wants to remain in balance.
It is your job to keep the balance by eating healthy, reducing stress,
exercising and getting enough sleep.
WAYS TO FIND YOUR BALANCE
Eat Clean – Eating clean means eating foods as close to Mother nature as possible.
Organic is always a great choice. Eat a balanced diet of healthy fats, proteins,
fresh fruits and veggies. Packaged food and sugar are the enemy of CORTISOL.
Exercising – Exercising is a great stress reliever for the body it also can improve
your moos, boost energy, help fight disease, promote better sleep and can just be fun.
Exercise can also be a stress on the body. Your workouts should invigorate
your but not stress the body too much. Over training or over obsessing
about working out also cause an imbalance in the body adding to the stress
and cortisol level. Remember BALANCE is the key.
Sleep – This is a big one for most of us. We are up late watching TV or on the computer,
which stimulates the brain. Caffeine that is consumed during the day is still in our
blood stream many hours later. So just be aware that afternoon cup of coffee,
soda or energy drink will still be with you when your head hits the pillow hours later.
STRESS REDUCING SUGGESTIONS
- Turn off the TV at night and read instead
- Try the essential oil Lavender, it is calming and relaxing
- Massages, infra-red sauna, meditation, prayer
- Laughing, long walks, relaxing in the outdoors.
*Whatever YOU find relaxing and enjoyable, you must try to do 2-3 times a week to
help reduce stress.
SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTIONS FOR ADRENAL SUPPORT
- Vitamin C, Vit. B Complex, Magnesium, Licorice Root, Ashwaganda
Dr. Wilson has a GREAT Adrenal Support Supplement line that I totally have used
and suggested to my clients. They work well.
The Bottom Line
Cortisol can negatively affect body composition. Take steps to reduce the amount of unnecessary stress you subject your body too by not skimping on sleep and consuming an adequate amount of calories. Exercise hard, but give yourself adequate time to recover to maximize the benefits. In addition, you must support your adrenals with good nutrition and adrenal support supplements.
Contact me if you think you might have adrenal fatigue. BFIT CHALLENGE STUDIO is a full comprehensive Health and Wellness program. We have Adrenal Fatigue test kits to test adrenal fatigue as well as lifestyle and nutrition coaching to support healing of most hormone and nutritional imbalances.
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