How Stress is Killing Your Physique: 3 Simple Steps To Fix It

Do not underestimate the simple application of the information at the end of the post, it WILL break your plateaus and create space for anomalous progress.

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What is Cortisol?

It’s an awesome hormone, most commonly known for getting the body in the “fight-or-flight” mode. It plays an important role in a number of things in your body.

  • Boosts energy and alertness in a stressful situation
  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Actively works to lower inflammation
  • Has an effect on your blood pressure
  • It has an effect on your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Has an effect on your sleep cycle
  • Has an effect on pain management

When is Cortisol needed?

Obviously to fight a lion, to escape the thug that’s trying to rob you, to get that report done, on time, and most importantly when you bump your pinky toe on the side of a table, cortisol comes to the rescue. Any stressful scenario you can think of cortisol will decrease other important bodily functions for you to STAY ALIVE.

Why is cortisol a problem for the modern man?

The Modern man/woman is always busy peeing on every corner trying to assert his/her dominance. With this culture of nonstop work, there is a constant level of elevated stress present in the body. This constant level of stress, creates a CONSTANTLY ELEVATED LEVEL of cortisol in the blood. Elevated levels of cortisol, decreases insulin sensitivity. This is uberly important, it can have an effect on your health, fat loss and muscle building efforts.

Non-essential functions like growth, increased strength and fat loss are slowed down. Your reproductive system, digestive system, and immune system responses are also suppressed. All this happens because of chronic stress. Your body can’t thrive, if it’s trying to survive.

When the regular tips don’t work

So,your stress is out of control, you have no motivation, you can’t sleep very well, and you feel tired and depressed. Sometimes this cycle is so bad that trying to sleep more, taking a week of training or doing some weird yoga poses, just doesn’t work. You are damaged goods, and this time you will need to be a bit smarter in your approach if you want to get out of this pit of chronic stress.

Action steps

Do the following 3 things – insignificant as they may seem, they work!

  1. Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C upon waking (when cortisol is at its highest).
  2. Take 500 mg – 1250 mg of Ashwagandha per day.
  3. Rub your sternum and do 20 diaphragmatic breaths before bed.

*A special note on Ashwagandha – Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as people with autoimmune diseases, may need to avoid it. Ashwagandha may also interact with thyroid, blood sugar and blood pressure medications. Consult your Doctor before use.

 

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