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Stress: How It Messes With Your Health

We all have some level of stress, right?


It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).


Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving. (Think: the adrenaline rush that drives you to run when you're about to be hit by a car). As the acute “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.

It's the chronic stress that's a problem.

You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day, this can mess with your health.




Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health.


Let's dive into the "stress mess."


Mess 1: Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

Why save the best for last? Anything that increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes (both serious, chronic conditions) needs to be discussed.


Stress increased the risk for heart disease and diabetes by promoting chronic inflammation, affecting your blood "thickness," as well as how well your cells respond to insulin.


Mess 2: Immunity

Have you noticed that you get sick more often when you're stressed?

Maybe you get colds, cold sores, or even the flu more frequently when you are stressed?


Well, that's because stress hormones affect the chemical messengers (cytokines) secreted by immune cells consequently, they are less able to do their jobs effectively.


Mess 3: Gut health

Chronic stress can be a contributing factor to "leaky gut", otherwise known as "intestinal permeability."

These "leaks" can then allow partially digested food, bacteria or other things to be absorbed into your body.


The stress hormone cortisol can open up tiny holes by loosening the grip your digestive cells have to each other.


Picture this:

Have you ever played "red rover?" It's where a row of children hold hands while one runs at them to try to break through. Think of those hands as the junctions between cells. When they get loose, they allow things to get in that should be passing right though. Cortisol (produced in excess in chronic stress) is a strong player in red rover!


Mess 4: Sleep Disruption

Stress and sleep go hand-in-hand, wouldn’t you agree? It’s often difficult to sleep when you have very important (and stressful) things on your mind.


And when you don't get enough sleep, it affects your energy level, memory, ability to think, and mood.


More and more research is showing just how important sleep is for your health. Not enough sleep (and too much stress) aren't doing you any favors.



Mess 5: Cravings, Hunger and Weight Gain

This is probably the most relevant to you.

Cortisol can affect your metabolism.

Many people also experience increased cravings for smooth or crunchy textures, and sweet, fatty or salty foods at times of stress. The result? Of course, is weight gain.



Solutions

Reducing stressors in your life is an obvious first step.

Can you:

  • Put less pressure on yourself?

  • Ask for help?

  • Say "no"?

  • Delegate to someone else?

  • Finally, make that decision?

No matter how hard you try, you can't and won’t eliminate stress altogether. So, here are a few things you can try to help reduce its effect on you:

  • Deep breathing

  • Meditation

  • Walk in nature

  • Unplug (read a book, take a bath)

  • Exercise (yoga, tai chi, etc.)

  • Connect with loved ones


If you feel like stress is standing in your way of achieving your weight loss goals, here are a few resources I have created for you.




Already a member of the Stop Binge Eating Program?

Make sure you check out these essential strategies for managing stress and intense emotions so that you can reduce your emotional response and respond better to your emotions and feelings without turning to food. Make sure to save the cheat sheet at the end on your phone, so you can refer to it whenever and wherever you are!


Bottom Line

Stress is a huge and often underappreciated factor in our health. It can impact your physical body much more than you might realize.

There are things you can do to both reduce stressors and also to improve your response to it.


You can ditch that stress mess!





Resources

1.The 3+2+0 Guide to Stop Overeating and Lose Weight for Good





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Recipe: Chamomile Peach Iced Tea

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steeped chamomile tea, cooled

  • 1 peach, diced

method

Place both ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Add ice if desired.


Serve & enjoy!


Tip

You can use fresh or frozen peaches.





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