Stress can cause your body to secrete high levels of cortisol into your bloodstream because of your body’s flight or fight response to stress. Stress can be either psychological (mental and emotional) or physical.
Cortisol is not all bad. It’s secreted by the adrenal glands and is actually important for the regulation of blood pressure, the immune system and many other functions. Cortisol can be good in small amounts but high levels can lead to an increase of abdominal fat, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and can also increase your bad cholesterol levels and decrease your good cholesterol levels.
High levels of cortisol can also decrease your bone density, leading to osteoporosis and loss of muscle tissue, which will also slow down your metabolic rate, and it can also increase your blood pressure along with other problems.
Everyone reacts differently to stress. Some people will produce more cortisol to a particular stress while others will produce less. It’s been found that people who produce more cortisol actually eat more food as well, in particular carbohydrates.
What you need to do to combat producing too much cortisol is to learn ways to relax into your ageless lifestyle.
Relaxation can be achieved in a number of ways either by exercising, mediation, yoga or breathing to start with.
Yoga can help reduce cortisol with its calming focus on the poses, while at the same time you’re burning calories doing the poses. Doing yoga on a regular basis also helps you to be more in tune with what is going on in your body. Yoga also helps you to deal with your emotions by recognizing what’s going on with you and realizing all emotions don’t require you to act on them.
Here are 16 energizing yoga poses to speed up your metabolism from Yoga Journal.
One of the easiest and simplest ways to relax is through breathing. This is done by gently breathing in through the nose, gently expanding your abdomen and then gently expelling the air through your nose pulling in your abdomen at the same time. While breathing out you will focus on that breath. After several breathes in and out you should start to feel yourself relax. Practice doing this exercise a few minutes a day to start with and build up to five minutes. You can also practice this when you are feeling stressed. Just a few minutes can slow your body down and help it to feel relax.
Lifestyle changes can consists of changing your eating habits for a healthier diet, getting enough sleep, or even organizing your time more efficiently so you don’t feel so stressed. Paying closer attention to your diet and recognizing when you are really hungry and when you eat from stress will also help you lose weight by reducing your cortisol.
If you need healthy eating recipes and ideas you can find recipes broken down into categories on my Pinterest boards.
It’s important to reduce your cortisol levels to have a healthy ageless body. Being calm and living your life in a natural state of flow is one of the benefits of having an ageless lifestyle after 50.
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