Stress and Cortisol
Science has discovered the LHPA (limbic-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis as the neurohormonal regulator of the stress response. Whenever a person experiences something as stressful—whether an internal or external stressor—emotional reactions (often unconscious) in the limbic system of the brain trigger the hypothalamus to secrete CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone). The CRH then triggers the pituitary gland to secrete ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which activates the adrenal glands to produce and release cortisol into the bloodstream. Although both CRH and ACTH have stress-mediating roles in their own right, cortisol is the chief “stress hormone.”
Too much cortisol causes:
High blood sugar (“adrenal diabetes”)
Brain (hippocampus) atrophy
Poor wound healing
Thin wrinkled skin
Excessive cortisol frequently causes increased:
Depressed mood, decreased libido
Feelings of hopelessness
Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and "graze" healthfully every two to four hours, your "metabolic flame" will burn evenly all day and your blood sugar won't take any sharp dips. You'll feel more rested and energetic. Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can slow the speed at which you process information and shorten your attention span.
Sleep eight to nine hours a night.
Eat protein with every meal. Eat Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice. Avoid sugar, junk food, white pasta, white rice, white bread.
Absolutely NO Caffeine. Coffee/Sodas over stimulates your adrenals. They deplete important B vitamins.
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