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Cortisol and Belly fat – Identifying the stressors

Psychological stress – this could be work, family, relationship, financial, anxiety, depression or any other cognitive perceived stressors. Remember psychological stressors aren’t always negative, for example you could be really focused at work, working long hours to get things done but at the same being satisfied with your achievements and success, this kind of stress can still promote belly fat storage even if you don’t feel ‘stressed’.

Physiological stress – see if any of these might apply to you.

  • Poor sleep – late nights, early mornings – regularly less than 8 hours broken sleep a night.
  • Alcohol – binge drinking one or more times a week, or drinking every night.
  • Caffeine – regularly more than 2 cups of coffee or 5 cups of tea a day – caffeine mimics the role of cortisol in the body
  • Over training and under recovering – too much exercise and not enough recovery time or nutrient support
  • Poor nutrition, poor gut health, food intolerances, lack of micro and phytonutrients – feeling bloated, lethargic, irritable or sleepy after meals.

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