Your thoughts are your world — creating a blueprint for how things will turn out for you in your life.
Just as your stomach absorbs the food you eat, your brain also absorbs the thoughts you think.
Dr. Bruce Lipton believes negative thoughts can directly influence the state of your health and can, over time, lead to serious health issues such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and chronic stress. In my practice as a health coach, I’ve found one of the many reasons people have difficulty losing weight is due to the negativity floating around in their brains.
Phrases like “I’m so stressed” and “I’m exhausted” have become a daily part of their conversations. If stress calls the shots in your life, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome.
This post will address how negative feelings and attitudes can lead to chronic stress which disrupts your cortisol levels, damages your immune system, accelerates aging and depletes the brain chemicals that create happiness.
According to Dr. Robert Lam, the leading authority on adrenal fatigue syndrome “Negative thoughts trigger stress and activate your brain’s fight or flight response, which releases cortisol. With consistent negative thoughts, this physical stress gets activated leading to health problems including adrenal fatigue syndrome.”
Cortisol (the fat-storing hormone) stimulates fats and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy as well as insulin release. Researchers have shown stress and elevated cortisol increases cravings for junk food — resulting in unwanted weight gain especially on the abdominal and hips.
However, normal cortisol levels increases serotonin secretion, which supports healthy brain functioning and gives you the feeling of happiness.
There are several ways to get your cortisol levels under control including changing your diet, exercising, using essential oils and stress reduction techniques.
Poorly managed blood sugar levels and high levels of inflammation can contribute to high cortisol levels and other hormonal imbalances. Following an anti-inflammatory diet that is high in antioxidants, fiber and essential nutrients are crucial to balancing cortisol and adrenal support allowing you to reach a healthy weight.
Chronic stress affects most people at least to some degree, but fortunately, natural stress relievers such as meditation, acupuncture, deep breathing exercises and spending time outdoors are proven to help lower cortisol and decrease the negative impact stress has on your health.
Regular exercise (30-60 minutes a day) is one of the best ways to manage stress, balance hormones and blood sugar levels. Of course, the key is not to over exercise, which can actually cause even more cortisol to be released.
Essential oils like lavender, sage, frankincense and bergamot continue to amaze me. Their potent, active ingredients have been shown to naturally lower cortisol, combat anxiety, reduce inflammation, improve immunity and help with sleep and digestive functions.
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All of us have some negative thoughts at some point in our busy demanding lives. Practicing a positive attitude can have a direct impact on your health and wellbeing.
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