Happy New Year! This is the first of our quarterly newsletters for 2016! Keep an eye out for updates on important health topics, wellness, and events in our April, August, and December newsletters.
Chronic Stress and Weight Loss
Weight loss is always a hot topic, especially at the beginning of the year. While exercise and healthy eating are at the foundation of a healthy weight, a commonly overlooked component is stress. Acute stress is healthy and normal in our day to day life however, chronic stress can have damaging effects on our health. Chronic stress can stimulate the release of a certain protein called betatrophin, which blocks the body from being able to break down fat. This is the main reason why people who are chronically stressed tend to gain weight and can have a more difficult time removing this weight.
Betatrophin is released from the liver in response to stress and is related to the insulin resistance (Diabetes type 2 or metabolic syndrome) seen with chronic stress. When the body is put under stress (physical, mental, emotional) it will release certain hormones to help the body continue to function. The body will go into survival mode and shift metabolic processes to accomodate the increase in stress. This is typically why people under chronic stress have a difficult time sleeping and tend to crave simple sugars such as candy and carbohydrates.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed easily and gaining weight, it is important to have your stress hormones checked to determine the best course of treatment. There are many Naturopathic treatments to help manage stress, weight gain, and metabolism. The best thing to do when feeling stressed is to get enough rest, eat whole foods, and exercise regularly. These are simple yet effective ways to keep the state of chronic stress away!
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
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