Stress weight, cortisol and digestion:
Stress is killing us! Accumulation of daily life stress (chronic stress) often causes functional gastrointestinal diseases. This is why it’s most common to aggravate an auto-immune condition during times of stress (school, exams, workload, pressure, etc..) Learn to calm yourself by lowering cortisol with social support, meditation, proper mineral balance, vitamin C, and magnesium.
Stress Makes You Fat because the Stress Response Alters Glycemic control
Studies show that psychological stress alters the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and get glucose—your major energy source—into your cells. The result is low energy levels and an altered glycemic control that leads to fat gain. In addition when the glycemic control is altered, and blood sugar is unregulated, inflammatory markers are produced by the body.
Simply put, the stress response suppresses digestive activity and literally causes nutrient excretion. The relaxation response activates digestion and gives us our fullest metabolism of a meal. In other words, the same part of the brain that turns on stress turns off digestion. And conversely, the same part of the brain that turns on the relaxation response turns on full, healthy digestive and assimilative power. This is perhaps the most profoundly important yet overlooked nutritional law etched into our DNA.
The bottom line is that we can eat the healthiest meal in the solar system, but if it’s eaten during an anxious state, under duress, too quickly, or with too much guilt and shame, its nutritional value is dramatically diminished. Our mood has literally impacted our food.
The good news is that you can increase the nutritive value of a meal by putting yourself in the ideal state to metabolize that meal. Relax, celebrate, take time, enjoy, feel nourished, and give thanks.
Limit stress with meditation, foods that calm us, activities that we enjoy, managing time, energy, and commitment. Strength train, yoga, omega 3’s, antioxidants, green tea, adaptogenic herbs like maca, astragalus and ashwaganda
Do the opposite of stress: Laugh, schedule in happy time!
When it comes to exercise, we need good stress to move and create the demand (Fight or flight mode)
Post-exercise: We want to lower stress as fast as possible to speed recovery. Food products rich in magnesium and Vitamin C help alleviate stress.
When we know that we will be under high stress; Supplement with Betaine HCL and B Vitamins (Beets, wild Sea food, Spinach, Avocadoes
B Vitamins do wonders for stress, brain function, and metabolism of essential nutrients like amino acids.
Role of stress in functional gastrointestinal disorders. Evidence for stress-induced alterations in gastrointestinal motility and sensitivity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11752838