Friday, June 29, 2012

How Does Stress Affect Our Weight?

Stress either physical, mental or emotional is ubiquitous in our lives. In fact, its impossible to avoid it. Stress is the natural response of the body to extreme situations that demand some action.
Good stress can improve the immune system. However, bad stress weakens the body's immune system and can cause intestinal disorders. It can also have a huge impact on our metabolism and weight. Fear, anxiety, anger and depression are some of the stressors that can be detrimental to health.
The Effects Of Stress To Our Weight
Stress stimulates the production of adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. These hormones are produced by the adrenal glands as a response to tension. Increased heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism are the effects on the body.
When the hormones are released in the bloodstream, they stimulate conversion of a stored form of energy glycogen into glucose and increase production of free fatty acids. These occur within the liver and used as a source of energy in the body. The body is designed to produce these hormones to aid in response to stress.
During emergency situations, this response known as "fight or flight" is beneficial for the body to cope with short-term situations. Conversely, chronic stress is harmful to health as the body will continue to release these hormones which stimulates more production of glucose in the body.
The demand for insulin increases in order to metabolize the glucose to energy. When the body produces more insulin it will signal your body to feel hungry and you will crave more food. It has been observed that stress increases your weight because of this involuntary response in your body when it occurs.
Managing Stress
Though it is inevitable, finding ways to alleviate the pressure in life is vital to stay fit and healthy. It is common during these situations we seek food as our outlet to relieve our tension and yet it can add to your weight issues.
Physical activity, relaxation techniques, meditation and other diversion methods are good alternatives for coping. Exercise is the best outlet to combat stress because it will improve insulin sensitivity thus, increases your metabolism.
Take a break from work and have vacation with your family. Revitalize yourself from your busy bustling environment. Go to beach and enjoy a moment in peaceful and calm surroundings free from stressors.
Undeniably, these negative pressure can positively influence your weight, emotions and total being. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also results of stress. So the next time you feel you are under pressure, take a break, inhale deeply, relax and pause for a moment. Don't risk your health because of stress.

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