Why is it so important to consider in our approach to maximizing health?
Stress can be a HUGE limiting factor in achieving your results if it is poorly managed. Stress has an impact on your sleep, your energy, your food choices and your digestion. In short, it acts on all the components of your reality.
To start with, let’s define together what is stress: an event that disturbs the body’s environment, both internally and externally, and requires some adaptation to maintain balance (homeostasis).
What are the elements that cause stress on the body?
- Fatigue, sleep maque
- Illness, infection, chronic pain, infections
- Excessive exercise
- Fear, guilt
- Inadequate diet, nutritional deficiencies
- Food intolerance
- Poor digestion, food absorption
- Exposure to toxic substances (smoke, paint, gas, etc.)
- Severe, chronic stress
- Stay up late
- Overuse of stimulants
Two possible answers from the organization:
Fast, immediate: nervous system
- Dilatation of the lungs
- Dilation of pupils
- Heart pulsations
- Inhibition of digestion
- Increased blood flow in the legs
- Water retention
Slow: hormonal system, cortisol
The hormone mainly related to stress is called cortisol. It is produced mainly by the adrenal glands. It is the hormone of “adaptation”, it has an impact on all the mechanisms and hormones of the body: blood pressure, cardiovascular function, metabolism of macronutrients (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates), immune functions, etc.
It is released in the body in response to physiological or psychological stress. The secretion of cortisol triggers various energy-generating processes, which aim to provide the brain with sufficient energy to prepare the person for stressors.
Normal cycle of cortisol:
In the morning, cortisol is at its highest and gradually decreases during the evening, so you can fall asleep properly after dark.
Here are the symptoms of too much elevation of cortisol for too long a time:
- Excessive fatigue
- Non-recuperative sleep
- Rages of sweet or savory foods
- Muscle weakness, slow recovery
- Difficulty concentrating
- Bad digestion
- Weak immune system
- Excessive SPM
- Significant energy fluctuations
- Drop in libido
- Frequent headaches
Chronic elevation of cortisol can lead to several factors:
- Decreased insulin sensitivity
- Accumulation of abdominal fat
- Loss of muscle
- Weak immune system
- Memory loss
- Vitamin and mineral deficiency
- Harm the quality of sleep
- Alters the sex hormones
- Decrease in serotonin production
If you are too stressed, do not do any strenuous physical activity. The body is already fighting against a tiger all day.
What can be done to reverse the situation? There are no secrets, you have to change your lifestyle and your eating habits.
Life habits :
- Go to bed earlier
- Do not exhaust yourself with stress
- Listen to your body
- Learn to rest, delegate, pick up
- Relax, relax
Eating habits :
- Focus on the quality of your diet
- Eat frequently
- Stay hydrated
- Eat slowly
- Take the time to chew
- Eat in peace, comfortably
Behaviors to avoid:
- Caffeine abuse and other stimulants
- Short nights sleep
- To exhaust yourself in training
- Long-term exercise
- Potential sources of food intolerance (eggs, dairy products, peanuts, gluten, etc.)
- Perceptions, negative behaviors
It is your perception of stress as such that is important and not the stress itself.
Cortisol is not your enemy, you only need to know how to control it.Cortisol is not your enemy, you only need to know how to control it. Click To Tweet
Manage your stress, manage your body.Manage your stress, manage your body. Click To Tweet
Article by: Anthony J. Campbell