How often do we hear people say ‘I am so stressed’…very often. So have you figured what is it that leads you to stress? Is it just the work pressures or is it some hormone within you that is releasing some kind of stress hormones. You must be wondering there are stress hormones too? Well yes there are just as there are hormones that make you good- Cortisol is your stress hormone
Cortisol stress hormone management system is released by the adrenal cortex glands in order to regulate our blood sugar, blood pressure and immune system. And while it does regulates blood sugar, blood pressure and immune system, its release at a wrong time is very harmful. What triggers the rise of this crucial hormone is mental, physical stress, too much insulin spikes, too much stimulants, over indulgence of processed foods and toxicity build up.
Sources of chronic stress include:
– Lack of sleep and insomnia
– Negative thoughts and emotions
– Sugar cravings and low serotonin levels
– Caffeine and stimulant abuse (more than 2 coffees per day)
– Acidity and Toxicity
– Lethargy and lack of energy
Burning stubborn belly fat has to be one of the most popular stresses that people have and most have a problem dealing with this issue. What we fail to identify is that losing body fat especially on the lower abdomen this is a hormonal issue.
– It’s NOT overeating…
– It’s NOT sugar or carbohydrates…
– It’s NOT lack of exercise…
The one wrongdoer that can quash your fat burning efforts and leave you with stubborn belly fat is your cortisol and adrenalin hormones. Stress leads to adrenals burnt out, and excess cortisol and adrenalin leads to a number of health problems. If prolonged for too long it leads to:
– Excess abdomen fat
– Serious drop in testosterone, and rise in estrogen
– Hypertension and anxiety
– Bone, mineral and muscle loss (cortisol is a catabolic hormone and is often elevated)
– High blood sugar and insulin resistance
Dealing with Cortisol can become get tricky, but, if dealt with proper techniques and supplements one can get the Cortisol levels under control.
Some ways to bring it under control are
1) Reducing the physical and mental stress by becoming more calm and relaxed
2) Removing sugar and processed foods from regular diet and replacing them with whole organic foods will help improve digestion and in turn a healthier GUT.
3) Less toxicity and acidity which adds stress to the body internally, by making the simple shifts in the food choices, thoughts and emotions.
4) To take control of Cortisol levels one needs to learn to unwind and relax every single day for at least 20 – 30 minutes and learn to take deep breaths and clear the mind.
5) Meditation and yoga are some of the excellent ways to relax and bring down cortisol effectively.
6)Exercise is also a savior, and has been shown to reduce cortisol effectively, BUT if overdone and done in-correctly it could have the opposite effect.
7) Cortisol is at its lowest during sleep.