Thursday, January 5, 2017

I need ME time !

tress. You know that feeling of tipping over the edge when a simple thing doesn't' go your way. The moment when a small act that wouldn't bother you any other day now caused you to react. What if I told you that stress can affect your healthy eating habits?
When you are stressed out, how likely is it that you would get something healthy to eat? Most of the time you will go for something of comfort. Both stress and a poor diet are linked to each other.Stress is a known trigger for systemic low-grade inflammation, and the fact that this negative emotional state may counteract some of the beneficial effects of healthy eating Over a lifetime, higher inflammation levels are linked to an increased risk of a range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers.
Did you know that stress can promote weight gain by altering metabolism and slowing down calorie-burning? Yes you heard it, if you are stressed out your body will now hold onto fat cells because it thinks its under attack. Certain healthy foods may help to improve your mood when you're stressed but, unfortunately, nearly 40 percent of Americans report overeating or eating unhealthy foods as a result of stress. Are you one of them?
The study's lead author, Kirstin Aschbacher, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said: "Many people think a calorie is a calorie, but a study suggests that two women who eat the same thing could have different metabolic responses based on their level of stress."
Guess what else happens when you are stressed out ? Hypertension, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, hard time concentrating.... see an ugly pattern? Stress also has an impact on your gut, including affecting movement and contractions in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and increasing inflammation. What does this mean?
Decreased nutrient absorption
Decreased oxygenation to your gut
As much as four times less blood flow to your digestive system, which leads to decreased metabolism
Decreased enzymatic output in your gut — as much as 20,000-fold!:
If you don't address stress daily, it can quickly snowball out of control, impacting your mental and physical health and your ability to be productive and enjoy life. While an occasional stress response is normal and even healthy, ongoing, constant stress is not and you need to take steps to change that. You can try meditation, yoga or even quiet time to yourself !

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