As we enter the holiday season, are you finding yourself more uptight and frustrated by the lack of progress you are making in your fitness goals? Are you doing everything right, but still having health issues or trouble losing weight? Are you exercising regularly and eating a close-to-perfect diet (even passing on decedent holiday desserts) yet the scale is not moving in a favorable direction? There is usually an underlying factor for the inability to make positive changes to your health or lose weight despite consistent effort: STRESS!
People tend to be stressed out year-round, but the holidays seem to exacerbate stress that much more. When the body is in a state of “fight-or-flight,” it releases stress hormones causing a myriad of problems, including: slowed metabolism, thyroid gland dysfunction, increased risk for diseases, fertility issues, elevated blood sugar levels, increased appetite, increased cravings (for sweet, salty, calorie dense carbohydrates), digestive distress, inhibited growth of beneficial micro flora in the gut, moodiness, depression, autoimmune diseases, accelerated growth of cancer cells, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and storage of fat, (especially around the waist, even in normally slender people). These hormones also lead to a “catabolic” state in the body, causing tissue destruction, muscle and bone loss, immune suppression, premature aging and brain shrinkage.
Diminishing stress will help repair and rebuild cells and get your body back to a hormonally balanced state. Below are some tips to help you de-stress:
GET ADJUSTED - Stress hormones are eased with chiropractic adjustments. Research shows that chiropractic treatments boost the immune response, reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve overall health.
GET MORE SLEEP - Sleep balances hormones, promotes weight loss, improves cognitive function, and lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases.
STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS - Eliminate sugar and refined carbohydrates in the diet and eat smaller meals balanced with protein, complex carbs and good fats.
EXERCISE REGULARLY – In addition to building muscle, exercise increases brain serotonin and dopamine levels, lowering anxiety and depression.
STAY HYDRATED - Dehydration adds more stress to the body.
ELIMINATE THE FOLLOWING:
- Caffeine - Caffeine increases cortisol levels by overworking your adrenal glands
- Foods the body is intolerant or allergic to (even if you are unaware of any issues)
- Physical Stress - Yes, obsessively working out can cause more stress.
- Emotional Stress - Free yourself from negative thoughts and unhealthy relationships.
- Mental Stress - Take time to relax, unwind, pray, do yoga and practice good time management/organization.
There you have it, a little inspiration to bring calm to life's chaos during the holidays (and everyday), which can make a huge difference when it comes to your fitness and health results. I hope you found these tips useful and to be a good reminder to be gentle with yourself.
If you are interested in getting established with chiropractic care for wellness or otherwise, don't hesitate to call our office. Consultations are complimentary for Cal Fit members.
As a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.