We all know that getting rid of the excess pounds can be really difficult. It is especially frustrating when the scale just won’t budge despite you are doing all the right things. However, there may by an underlying reasons if you exercise, control your portions, consume healthy foods and you are not seeing results!
The stress hormone – also known as cortisol – represents steroid hormone that is made in the adrenal glands. It reduces inflammation, regulates metabolism, control and blood sugar levels.
It has a direct relation between your weight and body’s stress hormone. When you are under a stress, this hormone is released so cortisol is permanently being released in the human body when you are under constant stress. Excess abdominal fat, negative effects on the metabolism and destroyed muscles can be caused by excess production of this hormone.
Despite all your hard work, excess cortisol can be the main reason you are not losing weight.
Signs of High Cortisol Levels
- Decreased concentration
- Back pain
- Low libido
- Menstrual abnormalities
- Swelling in the feet, hands and face
- Memory loss
- Trouble sleeping
- Frequent diarrhea, constipation and urination
- Digestive issues
- Weight gain
- Permanent headaches
- Permanent fatigue
- Depression, anxiety, anger
- Mood swings
Reduce Your Cortisol Naturally!
These are the ways to lower your cortisol:
Try to avoid anything else with caffeine such as cigarettes, energy drinks and coffee if you believe that you have high chortisol levels.
Caffeine also affects your dopamine, adenosine and adrenaline levels. A permanent supply of caffeine disrupt your hormone levels and raise the amount of cortisol.
2.Try An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Hormonal imbalances and high cortisol levels can be caused by blood sugar levels. You can balance your hormones by consuming diet high in antioxidants and low in processed foods. Probiotic foods, lean protein, seeds, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, fruits and vegetables are the best foods for stabilizing blood sugar levels and lowering cortisol.
If you want to control your cortisol production you should get enough sleep. Feeling fatigued during the day and feeling anxious and wired during the night are the symptoms for high cortisol levels. Use essential oils such as lavender, bergamot and roman chamomile to promote relaxation before go to sleep.
All the studies have shown that regular exercises are absolutely the best ways to sleep better, balance your hormones and manage stress. Whether it is lifting weights, boxing, running, hiking or yoga.
The best and ideal way to lower your cortisol levels is to de-stress. Taking a walk in the park, getting away for the weekend and taking vacation are the perfect ways.
Via David Wolfe
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