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Posted by: SuzieQ | 2011/08/04

Stress hormone Cortisol

Is there any truth in the myth that the stress hormone Cortisol makes you fat?
and if it''''s true, is there any way to curb this hormone in any way that it doesn''''t affect your body negatively?

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Dear SuzieQ
There is research that indicates that continuous high cortisol levels will lead to weight gain, particularly accumulation of abdominal fat) and immune suppression. The most logical, but often the most difficult, solution to stress, is to remove the source of the stress. If this is not possible then it is important to learn coping techniques such as relaxing, deep breathing and how to handle stress without going into the 'fight or flee' mode. Consulting a clinical psychologist is a good idea if you are being overwhelmed by stress. From a dietary point of view, using a low-fat, low-GI diet and a complete vitamin and mineral supplement combined with plenty of rest and gentle relaxing exercise such as yoga, should help for this problem.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/08/04

Dear SuzieQ
There is research that indicates that continuous high cortisol levels will lead to weight gain, particularly accumulation of abdominal fat) and immune suppression. The most logical, but often the most difficult, solution to stress, is to remove the source of the stress. If this is not possible then it is important to learn coping techniques such as relaxing, deep breathing and how to handle stress without going into the 'fight or flee' mode. Consulting a clinical psychologist is a good idea if you are being overwhelmed by stress. From a dietary point of view, using a low-fat, low-GI diet and a complete vitamin and mineral supplement combined with plenty of rest and gentle relaxing exercise such as yoga, should help for this problem.
Best regards
DietDoc

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