We hear it all the time - stress kills. Stress is super bad for your health. But did you know that stress also causes your body to store fat around your midsection. And, as you may already know, that fat is very hard to lose. The hormone that makes this happen is cortisol & most people don’t know what signs to look for.
Signs of High Cortisol
Weight Gain (especially in your abdomen)
Blood Sugar Imbalances (crave sugar?? get shaky when you don’t eat regularly??)
Losing muscle mass
Poor quality sleep/tired even when you’ve slept well
Unexplained backaches and headaches
Catch colds and infections easily
Cravings for unhealthy foods
Poor sex drive
Stomach issues like nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, heartburn or constipation
Some of these clicking in your head? I know when I read these I was thinking...Bingo!! Now, what to do about it?? Because I don’t know about you but I want to have rejuvenating sleep and a thinner waistline. Oh, and I need my memory to be on point if I’m going to learn my scenes! ;)
Lower Cortisol by…
Eating more Spinach - these greens have Magnesium which helps the body balance cortisol levels.
Adding Beans (White) and Barley to your diet - they contain a phospholipid that may help counteract the adverse effects of cortisol by having a calming effect on your nerves and improving your sleep.
Snacking on Citrus -the vitamin C in fruits like kiwis, oranges and grapefruits help slow the production of cortisol and are better for your waistline than carb-rich snacks.
Upping your Omega 3 Fatty Acids - found in fish like mackerel, sardines and haddock and nuts like walnuts and flaxseeds not only do these reduce inflammation in your body but they also reduce your stress levels and hence, your cortisol!
Eating Microgreens - are baby plants (less than 14 days old) that have a higher concentration of nutrients than adult plants. Micro versions of cilantro and red cabbage may contain up to 4 to 6 times the stress fighting vitamin C as their mature counterparts.
Drinking Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea - is an effective way to reduce your stress/anxiety levels. This herb is an adaptogen that helps reduce the production of stress hormones. This is definitely on my list of nightcaps! :)
Adding a good Zinc supplement - can help inhibit the secretion of cortisol according to studies. Make sure your diet has solid sources of zinc; 3 ounces of lean, grass fed beef via a pot roast, short ribs or round steak is a good start. Or you can opt for some seafood, like oysters - 6 medium sized oysters contain over 70 mg of zinc.
Eating some (Quality) Dark Chocolate - by some I mean a piece or two and of good, organic quality. Dark Chocolate has tons of antioxidants that can decrease the inflammation in your body and slow cortisol production. The results of one study indicated that consuming about 40 grams of dark chocolate per day reduced cortisol levels.
I know I’ve got my marching orders!! :) I’m not going to allow the routine stress of day to day life to add inches to my waistline. Adding a meditation practice into your life is another way to reduce your stress and manage your cortisol levels too. Take these tips, turn them into daily practices and you will rest easier and watch the excess inches melt away.
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