How to eat when you’re stressed – Articles

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How to eat when you're stressed - Articles


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. 

When we encounter a perceived threat, our body’s natural response to stress triggers the hypothalamus, a tiny region in the brain’s base. From there, this alarm message is sent to the adrenal glands, located on top of your kidneys, to secrete the stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. While adrenaline causes your heart rate to increase, elevated levels of the primary stress hormone cortisol increases glucose levels in the bloodstream. This is our normal, healthy “fight or flight” response.

When we’re under persistent stress, this “fight-or-flight” reaction will stay turned on. I’ve worked with many clients who knew they were stressed but didn’t realize the extent to which it was impacting their health until they completed a stress reaction assessment. These clients, like so many of us, were living under chronic stress…

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