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How stress makes you fat!

 

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Take a lunch break

When feeling stressed the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol into the blood supply to prepare the body for flight or fight. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels so your brain, muscles and organs have enough fuel to get you through that stressful situation – either running away (flight) or pushing on through even though you are tired and anxious (fight), this put very simply, promots our body to store fat.

 

So how would you describe your current stress levels?

A little bit of stress is not a bad thing. The problem occurs when you are constantly in that stressful state and not allowing yourself to come down from it, relax and take time out. Chronically elevated cortisol increases blood sugar levels, which then elevate insulin levels preparing the body for fight or flight…this, among other things, will stop you from burning fat no matter what exercise or diet program you follow.

 

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR STRESS?

 

Chocolate? Biscuits? …Comfort eating!  » Read more

Is it my hormones or is it warm in here?

Do you suffer from hot flushes or night sweats? 

Have you tried liquorice root to help the symptoms? (No, not the liquorice you get in the sweatshop!)

Many supermarkets are selling liquorice teas now. Teapigs do a very tasty liquorice and peppermint (I was lucky enough to try this at a friend’s this week as she had been given some free samples!)pennygetfit2 liquorice

Many women have told me over the last few years that they have been sprinkling flax seeds on their breakfast cereals to combat hot flushes.

But there is no research supporting flax seeds helping with heated moments. (Although they are good for increasing fibre intake so keep going with them if you are following this regime.)

There is supporting evidence towards licorice helping with hot flushes…so go buy some tea ladies if you are suffering.

But remember, the problem can also be exacerbated by too high a sugar intake in your diet.

So combine the liquorice tea with a lifestyle change towards sugar and you’ll be well on your way to combating those tropical moments.

 

Do you suffer from fois gras!

If you go onto Google Translate and translate fatty liver into French…the translation is fois gras!

 

The French delicacy fois gras is made by force-feeding ducks starchy carbohydrates (corn), which turns to sugar.

Fatty liver = hepatitis from eating too much sugar (and an unhealthy diet all round)

Having a fatty liver causes problems as our liver is unable to work properly which leads to a further increased load of toxins in our bodies, creating more disease.

Can you choose one thing this week to help your liver out? Here are some ideas

  • Start your day with a protein breakfast instead of sugary cereals
  • Reduce the amount of sugar you have in your cups of tea/coffee
  • Swap your afternoon cake/Mars bar/crisps for some almonds

 

Maybe you have some other healthy ideas? I’d love to hear them…share on my facebook page getfit2 or email me getfit2@yahoo.co.uk  :0)

Menopause and Weight Gain

Why do women put on weight when they get to their menopause years?

There are many reasons but one of them is to do with the drop in oestrogen levels.

Oestrogen is produce in women in the ovaries until menopause.
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Oestrodial is the strongest and the main source of oestrogen until menopause, and then the body switches to oestrone as its source.

Oestrone is produced in the adrenal glands and the fat cells.

The body will produce more fat cells to produce more oestrone…

…and will protect these fat cells so it can keep producing more oestrone. 

One way to overcome this is to gain lean muscle tissue to keep the metabolism fired up. This means resistance training.

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Resistance training will help to keep using up your glycogen stores in your muscles so when you eat you don’t lay down fat.

 

 

…as long as you don’t tuck into pizza and chips afterwards of course :0)

 

Trillions of them…

How is your microflora today?

Your gut is the body’s largest immune organ and this is where your microflora lives… trillions of good and bad bacteria!

The balance of those good (70%) and bad (30%) bacteria is needed for immune function…and the basis of many other body systems to work

Naturally fermented foods such as cottage cheese, miso, soy sauce, fresh sauerkraut and also bio-yoghurts and kefir (a fermented milk drink) contain healthy bacteria.

If you have

  • recently taken antibiotics

  • had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea or

  • are generally feeling unwell

invest in a probiotic supplement to give your gut a healthy chance of fighting back.

Optibac is a make I have used, available in Superdrugs, Boots and also online (a few pence cheaper!)

Take care of your gut health as it supports many other body systems.
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