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Cortisol Belly and Stress: Why You Can't Lose Weight From Your Stomach

Posted by Liz Tenuto on

If you're struggling with a stubborn midsection that seems resistant to diet and exercise, it might not be due to your workout plan or calorie intake — it could simply be from the amount of stress you experience. (And that's called a cortisol belly!) High stress levels and the consequent high cortisol can directly lead to accumulating fat around your midsection. And this isn't just a matter of aesthetics; it's a sign from your body that something deeper is amiss, particularly with your nervous system's ability to handle stress. So it's essential to understand how your constant stress contributes to your...

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How High Cortisol and Stress Impact Your Sleep

Posted by Liz Tenuto on

If you find yourself doom-scrolling on social media until you physically can't keep your eyes open at night only to wake up with racing thoughts just 3 hours later, high cortisol levels could be the culprit. Cortisol, often dubbed the "stress hormone," plays a significant role in your body's response to stress. But when levels remain elevated, especially at night, it can lead to a host of sleep issues. This disruption is deeply connected to nervous system dysregulation, constant stress, and stored trauma, affecting not just your physical health but your mental well-being too. The Science Behind High Cortisol and...

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Cortisol Belly: The Connection Between Stress And Weight Gain

Posted by Kelsey Juntwait on

Stress is an inevitable part of our daily lives, and let's be honest, it can be a real pain in the gut — literally! We've all experienced that bloated, uncomfortable feeling that seems to come out of nowhere and sticks around for way too long. But did you know that stress can actually cause your body to store fat around your midsection? That's right, your cortisol levels (a hormone released during stress) can wreak havoc on your waistline, and can lead to the development of a “cortisol belly.” Understanding Cortisol Levels and Weight Gain While cortisol can be helpful in...

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8 Signs You Have A Hormonal Imbalance (& What To Do About It)

Posted by Kelsey Juntwait on

What is a hormonal imbalance? A hormonal imbalance typically occurs when there is too much or too little of a particular hormone in the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that are produced by various glands in the body and are responsible for regulating many physiological processes (such as metabolism, sleep, reproduction, and growth.). When hormone levels become imbalanced, they can cause a variety of symptoms, including weight gain or loss, mood swings, irregular periods, infertility, fatigue, and changes in sex drive. Hormone imbalances can occur for a variety of reasons, including natural aging, stress, genetics, and certain medications or medical...

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5 Tips For Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, & Your Inability to Rest

Posted by Kelsey Juntwait on

Do you often find yourself feeling so overwhelmed with things that you just can’t seem to sit still? Is it hard for you to turn off your brain? Are you struggling to take a break from the pressures of everyday life?   If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're definitely not alone! Stress  and anxiety are normal responses to a lot of different situations in life — and when we're so overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, it's hard for us to hit the "off" button. Which makes it hard to actually relax. The body does this because stress and...

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