Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Sometimes it can feel like stress is all around us. We are trying to meet more demands than ever and our self-care routine gets pushed by the wayside.
That often means bad food choices and poor sleep habits, which lead to internal stress. When we eat things like white flour, sugar, and fried foods we actually increase inflammation and stress hormone production. Since sleep dramatically impacts our pituitary gland, lack of adequate rest means an increase in hormones like cortisol and the hunger hormone ghrelin. Ever wonder why you’re reaching for junk food the day after a poor night’s sleep? That’s why.
So we’re getting external stresses from our jobs, family responsibilities, financial worries, and many other places, then we’re compounding them with unhealthy lifestyle choices. The result is an epidemic of stress and increased risk for chronic diseases: everything from Type 2 diabetes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and depression.
But there’s so much we can do to stop it.
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