Stress is one of the leading factors in declining health. This is because it doesn’t just impact your mind, but it can indirectly affect every part of your body, largely due to the way the body is designed. The body’s top priority is to survive. One of the elements of survival is the fight or flight response, something that happens when you are in a tense situation. The body releases hormones in response to the situation so that you have more strength to manage it. Although this protects you in many ways, it can become a problem when it occurs too frequently.
When you are overly stressed, your body is constantly sending out the hormones that are required for the fight or flight response. This can cause the adrenal glands to “wear out” so to speak, and it can lead to being unable to notice the change. When there is an emergency situation, you may not respond properly simply because you are already in the emergency mode during non-emergency matters.
Because the hormones that are released during this time have other functions than just the fight or flight scenario, their constant overload can cause fatigue, weight gain, loss of memory, and loss of cognitive abilities. While stress can’t be blamed for everything, it is usually an underlying factor in some of the most significant medical issues including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and many other issues. In fact, because cortisol plays a part in both regulating stress and glucose, it can even lead to diabetes.
At The Healthy Choice, we can offer a number of different supplements and treatment for managing stress, depending on your individual needs. Although it may seem like a normal, everyday issue, stress can lead to more severe consequences and should be addressed immediately.
How do you manage stress? Please let us know in the comments.
Dealing with Menopause and Weight Gain
The only pleasant thing about menopause is the end of the menses. Everything else wreaks havoc on a woman’s life. In some cases, even the menses doesn’t end all at once and is instead erratic and unpredictable. Some of the other issues include itching, hot flashes, a lack of sex drive, brain fog, and of course, weight gain. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to treat and manage all of these symptoms, including weight gain.
Healthy Eating Habits
One thing that every menopausal woman should avoid is caffeine. It can cause problems with the nervous system, and it can also become the source of hot flashes. If you need something to give you a boost in the morning, consider juicing. It’s healthier and provides stimulation without ever causing the jitters. You might also consider avoiding sugars and cutting back on the carbohydrates.
Some of the same hormones that play a part in menses also play a part in your metabolism. When your metabolism slows down, you tend to gain weight. On top of that, the reduction of hormones also causes you to feel less energetic, so you are almost certain to gain weight. Consider bioidentical hormone therapy for treating all menopausal symptoms. It can replace the hormones that are lost with menopause, but it uses your own biochemistry to do so. Other types of hormone therapy rely on synthetic chemicals or hormones that are similar, but different than yours because they come from another animal.
Menopause and weight gain don’t have to go hand in hand. You can take steps to stop it, but you may need to visit a compounding pharmacy.
How do you deal with menopause and weight gain? Please let us know below in the comment section.