IS YOUR STRESSFUL LIFE STYLE GIVING YOU A BIG STOMACH? KNOW THE CAUSE AND HOW TO BEAT IT!!

Posted by Virginia Makoti on Thursday, January 23, 2014 Under: Health & Beauty and Medical
Many of you might be wondering why your stomach is getting bigger and bigger every day, even when you try to exercise, making it impossible to wear your tight fitting shirts or that sexy dress. Well the answer is simple! Your body is producing too much of cortisol hormone. Like any other hormone produced in your body, there has to be a balance. Cortisol hormone is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland in response to both emotional and physical stress. Cortisol hormone is the body's defense mechanism against these stressors. However, prolonged over secretion of this hormone makes it an enemy... And it is often called the "fat hormone".

When we are anxious and over stressed, our body's release cortisol hormone, which in turn cause some fat cells to release their fats known as triglycerides. Triglycerides are principal fats or lipid mixture of fatty acids and glycerol circulating in the blood stream. If u do not have enough physical activity to burn these extra triglycerides’, cortisol hormone cause these unused excess fats to be redeposited into the adipose tissue, surrounding your abdomen (stomach), giving you unwanted extra weight. In small controlled amounts, stress is a stimulating part of a healthy life style, but it becomes a negative destructive force, once it changes to distress, at this time making it chronic stress. Studies show that people with high levels of cortisol hormone in response to stress throughout their daily life’s, tend to eat more of the food that contain more carbohydrates in the form of refined sugars, salt and fats, than those who secrete less cortisol hormone. These types of food are usually comforting, because they stimulate the brain to release chemicals that reduce tension. This soothing effect becomes an addiction on a long run, as you reach for fattening foods every time you feel anxious. The added calories from these carbohydrates together with the release of triglycerides from the circulation will cause extra unwanted abdominal fat. Being stressed out all the time is like literally sticking an extra inch of fat on your (stomach).

It is important to remember that real health risks accompany excess fat in the abdomen, such as developing diabetes, heart disease, fatigue and cancer. Factors causing pressure will not lead to the same amount of stress for everyone. Individual personality, amount of pressure, available support and how the individual deals with pressure also play a major role.

HERE ARE TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU TO REDUCE THE LEVELS OF CORTISOL HORMONE IN YOUR SYSTEM AND GET YOU STARTED ON REDUCING THAT STUBBORN ABDOMINAL (STOMACH) FAT:

*Include omega fatty acids and flex seed oil in your diet. -They control levels of cortisol plus they contain choline which improves memory and concentration.

*Reduce your coffee intake. -Coffee has the effects of keeping your body in high alert, and this increases cortisol.
 
*Breath better -Breath in deeply and slowly from the bottom of your stomach. The shallow breathing we do when we are stressed increases cortisol hormone.

*Get a therapeutic massage. -Therapeutic massage will aid your body of toxins from tense muscles, promote relaxation and manage anxiety.

*Stay away from spirit stealers. -Try to avoid toxic friends, family members, work collegues who have negative attitude that drains you out. Be careful of people who take the wind of your sail.

*Have some me time. - Make time for you! Do the things you love that mean alot to you and make you happy.

*Get enough sleep. -Getting eight hours of sleep at night and power nabs during the day, helps to lower cortisol hormone level in your blood, while lack of sleep raises it.

*Start an exercise program. -Start an exercise program to help get rid of unwanted weight, improve circulation and to release feel good chemicals such as endophins and serotin.

*Include green tea in your diet. -It improves metabolism and the immune system.

*Take these anti-stress supplements. -Vitamin A, B, C, E= To cleans your system of toxins that deplete energy level, improves mood and nerve function, to help aid your body of feelings of anxiety and irritability.

-Magnisium= A mood stabiliser and calming agent.

-Potassium= Helps to prevent high blood pressure.

-Iron= Low levels of iron weakens the body's ability to handle stress.

-Chamomile= It has soothing effects, and also counteracts the effects of overindulging in fatty food and alcohol.

-Lavender= Helps you to relax. By managing your stress levels and mood changes, your body will respond better to cortisol secretion leading to a healthier, great to look at abs.

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