Stress makes you fat – and that is a fact. Not only does it add on to your weight, but it multiplies every single small health issue you might have. To be honest with you, if you knew all of the horrible things stress does to your body, you would probably freak out. But don’t get nervous just yet, the purpose of this article is to show you how stress affects your health and body, and what can you do to manage it, so keep on reading – you won’t regret it!
Stress has without a doubt become an epidemic in our fast-pacing society and busy schedules. Experts have been long conducting studies to determine the specific effects stress has on the body and they’ve finally found out what does effects are.
Whenever you get stressed, the adrenal glands in your body release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are known for raising the heart rate, increasing blood pressure and damaging your brain’s memory center, all while increasing the storage of belly fat. So in one way it wreaks havoc in your body. This is what results in health issues. Now stress doesn’t only result from fast-paced lives or problems at the work place, no. Stress can also be created by the foods we consume such as junk food and caffeine.
Managing Stress Starts with Your Diet
Believe it or not, having a healthy diet is the best reward you can give to your body. It can have a tremendous impact on your body and reduce the stress.
The first place to start is to remove any processed, GMO, alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugars and other unhealthy food from your diet. These foods usually tend to fill you up but create cravings for more in time.
Replace these foods with proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits and gluten-free grains. Food is what controls our hormones, genes, metabolism and our overall health.
Simple Powerful Techniques to Reduce Stress
Stress is a state of mind, a thought and a perception of a threat, no matter if it is real or not. It is not something that happens to us, but something that happens in us. It is a mental tension which results from factors such as unbalanced thoughts.
But here is the interesting thing. Stress can be either real or perceived. If you imagine that your friend is angry at you, your stress levels are going to rise no matter if your friend is actually mad at you or not. It doesn’t matter if you imagine it or not, the stressful thought creates the same response in the body.
Believe it or not, even the busiest of schedules can be managed without a single drop of stress – through stress-managing techniques. Down below, is a list of 13 top techniques used by professionals all over to world to manage stress. If you’re someone with stress-related issues, we highly suggest you check them out.
13 Ways to Manage Stress
Tapping is a technique which combines modern psychology and ancient Chinese acupressure. It is a great place to start if you’re new to stress-management (read the book Nick Ortner – “The Tapping Solution” to find out more).
- Address the Causes of Stress
Try to wrap your mind around the biological causes of problems within the mind, by working on the 7 keys to Ultra-wellness. These 7 keys are magnesium, vitamin B12 deficiencies, Mercury toxicity, gluten allergies and others which are physically affecting and changing your brain. Changing the mind can change the body – try it!
It is in our human nature to always do something therefore our mind is focused on work even when we’re not working. This is why you need to relax regularly and not by watching TV or drinking a beer, no. Try doing yoga, walking, or even deep breathing – it will surprise you of how much it helps.
- Learn New Skills
Learning new skills such as biofeedback, yoga or just taking a good-old hot bath or making love will have an incredible effect on your mind and body.
- Move Your Body
One of the most efficient methods of stress-management is exercise. It helps you lose both fat and stress chemicals while helping you heal the mind. It is also considered to be the best way to treat depression.
Balancing the stress response can be best done by regularly taking multivitamins and nutrients. Take vitamin C, B-complex vitamins such as B5 and B6 as well as zinc, magnesium and pantothenic acid.
Herbs can greatly help your body to adapt and balance your stress response. It is highly recommended that you use adaptogenic herbs such as Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha, cordyceps, Rhodiolarosea and ginseng.
- Heat Therapy
Heat therapy taken as a hot bath or sauna time can significantly help your body to relax and turn on the relaxation response.
- Change Your Beliefs
Study and examine your beliefs attitudes and responses to common situations well. You might find yourself considering to re-frame your point of view in order to reduce stress.
- Find a Community
Carefully build your circle of friends, family and community as they are your most powerful allies in achieving long-term health and stress-free life.
When stressed, most of us hold our breath or breathe and swallow anxious breaths. However deep, slow full breaths have an amazing effect on resetting the stress response as our relaxation nerve is activated through our breathing. When stressed, take 5 deep breaths and observe how you will feel afterwards.
Find a practice that works and suits you. You can try meditating or UltraCalm CD which is packed with guided meditation and relaxation techniques.
Stress hormones are increased by lack of sleep. Get your eight hours of sleep NO MATTER WHAT! If you missed your sleep, take a nap, but be sure to prioritize sleep.