CORTISOL aka MS STRESS EATER

Women's Health (UK) - - CHEMICAL INFLUENCE -

na­tive habi­tat The adrenal glands, lo­cated on top of your kid­neys.

be­hav­iour in the wild Can go feral in the pres­ence of stress, or when you feel threat­ened – even if only be­cause an id­iot cut you up in traf­fic. She pro­vides a burst of en­ergy so you can re­act, then, once the dan­ger has passed, your ap­petite is so ramped up, you sim­ply have to re­plen­ish the en­ergy you just ex­pended (even if you didn’t ex­pend much at all). Net re­sult? Weight gain, es­pe­cially around your mid­dle.

tame her First, cut off her main en­ergy sup­ply: caf­feine. As any­one who’s ever had a triple shot knows, this stim­u­lant can in­crease cortisol se­cre­tion. Sec­ond, have a proper chuckle at the lat­est vi­ral Youtube clip. Laugh­ter – or even just the an­tic­i­pa­tion of a grin – can re­duce cortisol lev­els by 39% ac­cord­ing to a study by Loma Linda Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia.

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