The Cortisol and Belly Fat Connection
If you feel like your waistline is a little bigger after this holiday season it might not be from the goodies that accompany the yearly festivities. It might be from the other sidekick of the holidays - stress. When a body is under stress, especially chronic stress, more adrenaline and cortisol are secreted from the adrenal glands. This is the primal “fight-or-flight” response that can explain unfathomable feats of strength by individuals in life-threatening situations. The response is helpful in those temporary situations but when triggered again and again, throughout the day, week, month, year, there are many negative health implications, including an increase in fat specifically in the belly region.
My first hit of “Baby-Blue's" happened a few days after giving birth to my son and brought with it the strangest feelings. I have come to explain the way I felt as “premature nostalgia”. I was actually feeling sad thinking that some time in the future I would be sad because I would be longing for what was going on right now! I recognized the symptoms as “the Baby-Blue's” because I had heard many different renditions of this hormonally-based phenomenon.
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Now that most people have become sufficiently aware that it is best to avoid sunburns and excess sun exposure from solar or indoor ultraviolet radiation, it is also important to better understand the relationship between sunlight, the body’s vitamin D production, and epidemics of Vitamin D deficiency and heart disease, and their connection.