Stress and Weight Gain
There is no doubt we are all living through difficult and stressful times.
In fact it’s a worldwide thing.
Do you know about the Stress Hormone and weight gain?
We’ve all felt that feeling like a surge of energy, when facing something frightening or threatening.
The pressure of meeting a deadline, your child has had an accident, maybe someone has become ill suddenly, or …hopefully it never happens, but you find yourself In a dangerous situation.
As your body feels this stress, your adrenal glands take over and make and release the hormone Cortisol, into your bloodstream.
This is often known as the “fight or flight response”, from your body.
Often called the “Stress Hormone”, Cortisol causes an increase in your heart rate, and blood pressure.
Normal levels of Cortisol are released upon waking up in the mornings and when exercising.
These normal levels can help regulate your blood sugar and blood pressure and even strengthen your heart muscle. In small doses cortisol can Enhance your memory, increase your immune system and lower sensitivity to pain.
The danger of our fast paced lifestyles , however is that many of us are always, in high-stress mode, eating on the run and our weight spirals out of control.
If your body experiences chronic stress, it may start to feel unpleasant and even have dangerous side effects such as
Intestinal problems, constipation, bloating even diarrhoea.
Anxiety and Depression
Excessive weight gain.
Increased Blood Pressure
Difficulty recovering from exercise
Poor sleep, even insomnia
Low Libido, Erectile Dysfunction our problems with regular ovulation or menstrual periods.
So How Does Cortisol Work?
When the adrenal glands release Cortisol
Into your bloodstream, the hormone triggers a flood of glucose that supplies an immediate energy source to your large muscles.
It inhibits insulin production, the glucose will be available for immediate use and not stored.
Unfortunately Cortisol narrows the arteries,
what another hormone epinephrine, increases the heart rate and surging together they force the blood to pump harder and harder to confront and help you deal with or resolve the immediate threat.
If your entire life is high stress and you live in high fear or anxiety, your body may constantly pump
Out high levels Of cortisol resulting in weight gain amongst several other health issues, increasing daily.
Hormone levels return to normal once you have realised that the danger is over or the issue that perhaps scared you is not as serious as what you originally thought.
Too much of anything is not a good thing
Specifically living a highly stressed or anxious life which the body responds to by pumping out high levels of cortisol and it can lead to ailments or imbalances in your body
1. Increased Blood Sugar Levels – typically insulin helps the cells convert the glucose to energy.
As your Pancreas struggles to keep up with the high demand for insulin, glucose levels remain high in your blood and the cells don’t get the sugar they need to perform at their optimal level.
2. Weight Gain – as your cells are crying out for energy, the body may send signals to the Brain that you are hungry and need to eat.
Research has shown a direct association between cortisol levels and calorie intake. False hunger signals can then lead you to crave high calorie foods, overeat and this gain weight.
Unusual glucose in the blood is eventually stored as body fat.
3. Suppressed Immune System: Cortisol’s positive action to reduce Inflammation In the body can turn against you if you if your levels are too high, for too long.
You could be more susceptible to colds abs flu, germs and contagious diseases. You may even develop auto-immune diseases and food allergies.
4. Digestive problems. When your body reacts to a threat, it shuts down other less crucial functions, such as digestion.
If the high stress level is constant your digestive tract can’t digest or absorb food well. It’s no coincidence that ulcers occur during stressful times and people won’t irritable bowel syndrome and or colitis, report improved symptoms when they get their stress and weight under control.
5.Heart Disease – constricted arteries and high blood pressure can lead to blood vessel damage and a build up of plaque in the arteries.
They could be setting the stage for a heart attack or stroke.
How do you rectify this?
Start with a 30 days HCG Diet System SA Solution by choosing either the slimming Injections or slimming drops.
We will help assist you on your weight loss journey every step of the way. Constant support from our team.
Be aware of your own stress levels or triggers and take steps to control it. Take control of your life and your stress. Simple things such as getting enough sleep, exercising, meditating, deep breathing exercises and eating healthy.
Contact one of our wellness coaches on 072 064 3948 or 076 366 0325 for a free consultation and turn your life around today!