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How to eat when you're stressed

Each day we encounter a number of different physical, emotional, physiological, chemical, nutritional or environmental stressors that we need to respond or adapt to. Whether it’s stress induced from a workout, the pressure to hit a deadline, harsh chemicals looming in the air or mending a difficult relationship, the way your body physically reacts to stress will always be the same—the same physiological systems will be involved and the same hormones will be released. While not all stress is bad, when we experience too much for too long, there can be serious consequences to our health. 

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5 Practical Ways To Balance Hormones 

What do you think of when you hear the word “hormonal?” Sadly, most people immediately associate the adjective with “emotional,” and often relate it to a woman’s menstrual cycle or perimenopausal years. But from a physiological (and therefore accurate) perspective, “hormonal” pertains to the many different types of messenger compounds the body produces that stimulate action at another site in the body. These can include everything from estrogen, testosterone and progesterone (often referred to as “sex hormones”); to cortisol, one of the main stress hormones; to thyroid hormones (critical for calorie burn); to insulin, a hormone critical to regulating blood sugar and more.

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7 Steps to Improve Your Adrenal Function

I’ll never forget that period of my life. I was 24 and I had just transitioned from working 70 hours a week at a club in Arizona to a 9 to 5 job in the corporate office as a dietitian. I was experiencing very disrupted sleep, low energy (all day) and sugar cravings (all the time). And for the first time in my life, I had gained weight in my midsection. Let me tell you, women know their body type. I never had a stomach before — I was always lean and had abs — so I knew something was off.

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7 Ways Stress Causes Fat Gain 

Stress is part of life - good stress, bad stress, and various versions of in-between stress.

Without stress, there is no life. There's nothing for our bodies to adapt to. The real problem most of us have, however, is too much stress in relation to our ability to bounce back from it. In short, we don't have enough chance to build resilience.

Don’t get me wrong. Some stress and some cortisol are necessary – even good (at the right times, under the right circumstances, for limited durations).

It's excess stress, which I’ll call distress, that takes a toll on us - our health and even our weight. In my experience, there are several ways stress negatively impacts body composition. When we understand the body's reaction and our potential choices, however, we can develop better resilience and ideally spend more time in a state of eustress.

Let's break down how stress acts on the body's metabolism and related systems. 

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Does Weight Influence Autoimmune Dysfunction?

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder? Chances are - yes.

In fact, some 50 million Americans today have one or more autoimmune related disorders. 

Why are we seeing such a rapid climb in these diagnoses? While genetics appear to predispose many of us, experts now believe that the development of these disorders must be set in motion or "triggered" by other external factors such as environmental exposures and lifestyle choices. Obesity and excess weight can also figure into our risk for autoimmune dysfunction.


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Mastering the Art of Stress and Recovery, Part 1

When it comes to fitness and stress, there’s good news and bad news. According to Gallup, just over half of adult Americans claim they exercise at least three times per week, a number that’s slowly trended upward. That’s the good news. However, almost a quarter of Americans report they live with “extreme” levels of psychological stress, and more than half say they deal with health problems related to stress. There’s the bad news, of course. Based on the feedback we receive from members and on the popularity of our Stress & Resilience test, there’s no doubt that people across the health spectrum are concerned about their ability to manage stress. Are you among them?

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Supplement Spotlight: Cortrex

Need energy? Having more energy tends to top the chart when looking at the most common health and fitness goals of our current population. Although lack of exercise, dehydration, poor diet and/or lack of sleep can slow you down, your low energy might be a result of chronic stress. And when I hear an overly stressed out member complain of fatigue...

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