Is Excess Stress Affecting Your Eating Patterns Or Weight?
Stress – if prolonged – is very bad for your health, and if not controlled, shortens the life span of many people.
Prolonged stress will adversely affect your adrenal glands and your brain chemistry, and this can contribute to unwanted weight gain and make it harder to lose weight. Stress can cause the adrenal glands to produce excess cortisol, and this increases insulin resistance, appetite, and fluid retention. Adrenalin levels can be depleted in those who are overweight and chronically stressed. Low levels of adrenalin will result in fatigue, low mood, and a slower metabolism.
Supplementing with magnesium, vitamin C and the amino acid tyrosine can help the adrenal glands and the nervous system cope better with stress.
Tyrosine is needed for the brain to make the neurotransmitter dopamine and for the adrenal glands to make the neurotransmitter adrenalin. Low levels of dopamine can make you depressed, unmotivated, and unable to feel satisfaction. Your brain needs tyrosine to make the neurotransmitter dopamine. Tyrosine can be used to reduce cravings for addictive foods.
A magnesium supplement can help to physically relax your whole nervous system and muscles; helping to make you calmer during the day and improving your quality of sleep at night. Magnesium also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels thus reducing cravings.