Stress Eater?

Why do some people snack when stressed?

The hormone that is triggered by stress is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that has a function of regulating blood sugar to a certain degree. 

If a person has low blood sugar, cortisol is released and helps the body turn protein, fat, or ketones into sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis (Sugar – new – making something or making new sugar)). The body is making sugar out of non-carbohydrate sources. This happens in the liver.

Stress raises cortisol. Cortisol releases sugar, and there is a spike in blood sugar. Insulin kicks in and pushes the blood sugar down (hypoglycemia), causing low blood sugar. Now, the person will get hungry, crave carbs, and snack. When they snack, they’ll raise the blood sugar, and the whole cycle will start over. 

Two things that can trigger cortisol:

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Chronic Stress Destroys your Immune System.

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These are the highlights from Dr. Berg’s video. I invite you to follow along while you watch this video. https://www.facebook.com/drericberg/videos/616799582204162/?v=616799582204162

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He quotes from the book, The Ciba Collection of Medical Illustrations, Vol. 4, Endocrine System and Selected Metabolic Diseases, Page 84.

Here is the link to the paper https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2466487/

It talks about the function of cortisol and what happens if you have too much cortisol, which is activated by stress.

It says, (cortisol) “diverts amino acids from lymphoid tissue (in the lymphic system) leading to marked (prominent) reduction in size and actual lysis (breakdown) of the (lymph) nodes.”

The lymph nodes are where the immune reactions take place. This reaction protects you from pathogens.

High cortisol will divert amino acids from the lymphatic systems leading to a noticeable reduction in the size and actual breakdown of the nodes.

This shrinks your immune system.

This is not good because now you are going loose your defense mechanism. It is making you immune system smaller.

The next quote from the book says, “this is accompanied by a marked (emphasized) decrease in overall antibody production, which together with breakdown of inter-and extracellular (inside and outside the cell) barriers… raises susceptibility to viral and bacterial infection.”

Antibodies are produced by your immune system they help develop immunity. Antibodies don’t necessarily kill, but they actually put a little tag on the pathogen for other immune cells to kill them. With enough antibodies in your system you are protected. But with high cortisol you have decrease in antibody production, which together with a breakdown in inter- and intra- cellular (between the cells and within the cells) barriers.

High cortisol causes a breakdown in your cellular barriers, which will raise your susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections.

To keep your immune system strong it’s not just about nutrition it’s also about keeping your stress as low as possible.

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Stress: 1. How Stress Makes You Fat. 2. Stress and the Immune System.

Dr. Eric Berg is an excellent presenter. Please watch these 2 short videos. The highlights are shown below. The 2 videos are:

  1. How Stress Makes You Fat
  2. Stress and the immune system
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  1. How Stress Makes You Fat
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The body‘s response to stress is to spike cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol has the potential to significantly raise your blood sugar.

Even if you’re on the low-carb/ ketogenic diet and you are doing intermittent fasting you will see that your blood glucose goes up when you are stressed or experiencing trauma.

In times of stress, cortisol will also release glucose from your liver and dumps that stored sugar into your bloodstream so the insulin has to take it into storage as fat.

Also, cortisol breaks down protein and converts it to glucose which can be stored as fat.

This is why women specifically after menopause they start losing their muscle mass. It turns into fat and their blood glucose goes up.

Also cortisol decreases insulin sensitivity.  This leads to insulin resistance, which causes the body to make more insulin to makes more fat, which slows down the metabolism. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Also, cortisol will drive the storage of fat to your midsection or the area around the organs around in the midsection and the liver. This is why people under a lot of stress end up with a lot of midsection weight, skinny legs. It is because the body is breaking down proteins from the upper leg and butt muscles and turns into sugar and then converts that too fat and puts it around your midsection.

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That is the relationship between stress and belly fat.

This Post has been condensed from: How Stress Makes You Fat

  1. Stress and the immune system

Stress influences your immune system in general.

For any person with a chronic health problem it originated with some type of stressful event.

Stress can pre-disposed you to getting sick because what it does to the adrenal hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a type of hormone, which is intimately involved in the immune response.

It suppresses white blood cells. It suppresses the T-cells, which trains the immune system to fight off infections. It lowers the immune barrier that allows the viruses to invade the cells. That’s why people get virus infections when they’re stressed such as shingles, herpes, etc.

It can increase platelets, which then will set you up for clotting factors.

It increases neutrophils, which will then leads to inflammation.

Stress is definitely involved in any autoimmune condition.

The typical treatment is prednisone, which is a synthetic type of cortisol. It will act on the adrenal hormones that will decrease inflammation and decrease immune function. For allergies or high levels of histamine people take prednisone or cortisol because it has that function.

When the stress gets too high there’s an alteration in the cortisol and adrenal function and this leads to a drop in the immune defense mechanism.

There are many different types of stress:

Physical trauma, surgery, being in a stressful relationship.

But the biggest stress is losses of a loved one or a job. That can hit someone very hard and the health just starts going downhill.

You can alleviate stress by going for long walks, getting in the sunshine to get your vitamin D, removing yourself from the stressful situation, taking a vacation, taking vitamin B and getting adequate sleep.

What to do with the stress that stuck in your body.

There are different parts of your body that are involved in the fight or flight mechanism. It is called the sympathetic nervous system. There’s also the opposite system called a parasympathetic nervous system, which counter the stress. And this is part of the nervous system that is throughout the body.

There is a way to tap into that to release the stress. One of the most powerful ones is working on the neck points. These points control the parasympathetic nervous system. If you apply pressure to these points it can relax you.

The next points are in the mid back, the next point are in the abdomen area which can indirectly affect the adrenal glands deep inside.

You can use Acupressure on these points on someone else or there are acupressure tools you can use on yourself, Dr. Berg sells one of them.

This Post has been condensed from: Stress and the immune system

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