Have you ever been among these ruts where you just can not seem to shed weight? You’re forfeiting those yummy cinnamon rolls to be able to maintain a proper diet, you exercise 5 times per week mixing in strength exercises with loads of cardio. . .but you appear to have only hit a plateau and can not lose weight. The solution might be right under you nose….actually a bit further down. . .right on the top of the kidneys where your adrenal gland is found.

Adrenal cortex

It is responsible for the production of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for regulating blood glucose, inflammation, energy generation and the regulation of the immune system. Too little cortisol may result in problems like fatigue, fatigue, and disease of the endocrine system named Addison’s disease. The issue in our society lies in states that arise from having TOO MUCH cortisol. Problems such as:

· Weight gain, especially around the stomach area
· Depressed immune system
· Stomach ulcers
· Accelerated aging

Here’s a fun fact for you….diets have a failure rate of approximately 93-97%. There are lots of reasons for this, a major one being that we live in a society where time is limited and poor foods are readily available, therefore we are inclined to connect both. . .quite often actually. . .leading into a bad habit in diet. Another significant factor that you might not know is cortisol…a hormone that’s frequently published within our body in response to stress….yup, stress. . .something we encounter way too much . A radical change in eating habits causes stress and anxiety which releases cortisol. Its important to be aware that the release of cortisol is essential to our survival, actually it is a defensive mechanism that our body has. Our brain is hard wired with automatic responses to protect the body from injury and stress.

Stress=release of cortisol=a lot of cortisol= storage.

Stress can be physical (exhaustion ), environmental (pollution, drugs), compound (nutrient deficiency, refined sugar comsuption) or physiological (fear, worry). An interesting kind of physical stress is that the”Fight or Flight” response. Imagine your kid getting caught in the bottom of the vehicle during an accident. The stress caused in your body is sufficient for you to get a direct nervous breakdown, but as a result of the release of hormones, your body can capture an awesome amount of strength to have the ability to move that car and save your child.

During the stress period, the body’s self healing mechanisms are stored off (healing diverts energy and raw materials from immediate survival) the immune system is suppressed, glycogen stores in the liver and muscle tissue are mobilized to increase the blood glucose level and digestion. The stomach lining becomes thin and ulcerated and the thymus gland and lymphatic tissue shrinks….Basically what this means is that all your body’s energy is put forth to deal with the strain at hand.

The Body Reaction

This “Fight or flight” worked well for our ancestors while pursuing to their dinner, or running away from getting dinner. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work so well in the modern world of battling traffic, competing for parking spaces, meeting deadlines, seeing gloomy news. These things produce the same physiological responses as running for your life. So if the stress doesn’t go away, neither will cortisol.

If you do not learn to eliminate stress from your life, it will gradually eliminate you! Have a Look at the 4 stages Your body goes through while dealing with stress:

REACTION

your body experiences the symptoms in the injury, infection, cold, heat, chemical irritation, etc.. The adrenal glands reacts with the release of cortisol and other hormones to neutralize the caused injury. The heart rate along with your blood pressure goes up, and pupils dilate.

ADAPTATION

following the adrenal glands have enlarged and published large amounts of adrenal cortical hormones (ie cortisol), the symptoms disappear and the person feels good, can regain energy, and can work in the presence of the stresses he’s beneath. This is one of the most overlooked steps which most individuals do not take care of…. Which contributes to another state…. exhaustion.

EXHAUSTION

After an extended period in phase two, your body’s reserves of nutritional components is depleted. The symptoms return and there is currently no relief. You may fall physically, endure a nervous breakdown, or encounter an organ failure (heart attack or stroke.)

DEATH

When the accumulated pressure is larger that the quantity of hormones which the body can discharge, the body is no more able to accommodate, rest, or rejuvenate. The consequence is death.

How to control Cortisol?

REST, RELAX

The obvious one, but the very important one. Find the time to take relax, go for a walk outside, perform some breathing exercises (see last article ) and get a decent nights sleep.

EAT

Maintain a low glycemic diet. Sugar managing stress increases cortisol levels. Elevated cortisol, in turn, aggravates the glucose handling situation contributing to the growth of elevated insulin levels and finally diabetes.

EXERCISE

releases hormones, but in those hormones are hormones (endorphins) which neutralizes the cortisol. Exercise also teaches the body how to control hormones naturally. You can literally exercise away your stress.

SUPPLEMENT YOUR BODY

Some nutritional supplements to control cortisol levels are:

        • A multi Mineral Supplement once daily.
        • Mag-C. This is a source of buffered vitamin C and a source of absorbable magnesium.
        • Advanced Essential Minerals. Mineral absorption and assimilation can be diminished by stressed adrenal glands. Minerals are crucial for energy metabolism.
        • B5 vitamin
        • B6 vitamin
        • B12 vitamin

Herbs like Adaptogens aids the body in dealing with stress by restoring hypothalamic nitric oxide sensitivity. They’re a natural mixture of Siberian ginseng, Manchurian Thorn Tree extract, Aubépine extract, Echinopanax elatum and Schisandra.

In short….it all comes down to lifestyle so as to control that cortisol and get out of that rut. Don’t depend on workouts, always add various different exercises to each workout. Don’t settle for diets, just remember moderation. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.. learn to relax, meditate, and breathe.