Nowadays, many women are prone to stress. It’s all because of a busy lifestyle, hard work and family responsibilities. Do you know what stress is? How often do you experience stress? Let’s find out what researchers think about this problem!
Firstly, we would like to say that you can not avoid stress. Nowadays, stress has a leading position in the lives of many people. It’s like an epidemic! Since you cannot avoid stress, you must learn to control it.
Did you know that you can gain weight because of high levels of stress? One meta-analysis that included 300 studies found that chronic stress can damage your immunity, and also makes you fat and contributes to diabesity. Researchers also found a relationship between stress, blood sugar and belly fat. When your stress levels are high, insulin increases.
This drives the relentless metabolic dysfunction that leads to weight gain, insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes.
Due to the high-stress levels, your adrenal glands release hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that flood your system, raising your heart rate, increasing your blood pressure, making your blood more likely to clot, damaging your brain’s memory center, and increasing belly fat storage.
If stress is your best friend, then you lead an unhealthy lifestyle. You can drink coffee with muffin instead of your breakfast. Moreover, coffee and muffins can replace your healthy diet throughout the day. You should know that the caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones.
The stress response elicits cortisol that, coupled with the sugar in that muffin, increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and you can feel bad. What’s more, sugar in your muffin increases the stress hormones. As you can see, this is a never-ending circle!
As we said earlier, you must learn to control your stress levels. Start with your diet, because a healthy diet can do wonders. Try to replace harmful foods with clean protein, healthy fats, leafy and cruciferous vegetables, berries, and non-gluten grains. Reduce the consumption of sugar and caffeine. Remember one thing, you should never skip your breakfast!
What’s more, you should learn how to keep the balance. In any stressful situation, try to relax and think about something pleasant. We recommend you do yoga exercises that can help you reduce stress levels. Take care!