• Karen Murray Heffron

Stress and Health Don't Mix

What do you think of when you think of Stress? Too much to do at work? Worried about money? Upcoming marriage or divorce? The body reacts to stress the same way whether you are getting car jacked or if you feel guilt or shame over choosing to eat something you “aren’t allowed” to have. This is called the “fight or flight” or sympathetic response where cortisol is released which mobilizes sugar to prepare for the run. Constant negative thoughts and worries throughout the day deplete your adrenals, imbalance your hormones, release the fat storage hormone insulin, and impairs your natural circadian rhythm. Chronic stress impairs digestion and the absorption of key nutrients to assist the cells’ energy center. All types of stress can wreak havoc on the body. What are some ways to take it down a notch?

· Deep breathe before a meal to get in a relaxation response to enhance your digestion

· Decrease your caffeine intake in the afternoons/evenings to encourage the natural decline of cortisol during the day,

· Spend some time in nature allow natural relaxation

· If stress is coming on, utilize the sugar that’s being mobilized by doing some quick exercise (climb the stairs, mini squats at your desk.)

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