Did you know that 60-90% of primary care visits are related to stress? We are constantly faced with stress everyday whether it is biological, physical, or emotional which can affect our hormones. Sometimes managing stress is more important then the food that we eat because even if you’re eating healthy, anti-inflammatory foods but you are stressed, this is going to play a huge role in hormonal imbalance.
When we are stressed, what happens is our bodies produce more cortisol. If we look at what makes up cortisol and sex hormones, they both come from cholesterol. So if our bodies are constantly stressed, we’re producing more cortisol and it can take away from producing our important sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
To help manage stress, I recommend my clients to do some kind of adaptation activity about 5-10 minutes when they wake up and go to bed, and even throughout the day. I use “adaptation” because our bodies are great at adapting during times of stress when we use the right tools. Types of adaptation activities include yoga, meditation, journaling, deep breathing, reading a fun book, and listening to music.
I’d love for you to share, what is an adaptation activity you would love to do throughout the day? If you already are doing an activity that I didn’t mention, share as well because maybe there is something else that someone would love to do. I hope you find this educational, inspiring, and empowering. Please share with anyone you know who would benefit from this!
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