By Joe Perry
One thing we know for sure is that for the last 30-plus years, we’ve become more overweight and more people are struggling with diabetes, including our kids. This leads me to the conclusion that much of the advice we’ve been given may not be complete.
However, our obesity problem is more than simply diet and exercise. People have been dieting and exercising for years and are still struggling with their weight, which tells us there is another piece to the puzzle. The often-overlooked missing ingredient is STRESS and the effect it has on our fat-burning hormones.
Stress has become a number-one problem here in America, and many people consider themselves to be under excessive stress. Our lives have become so fast-paced, so go-go, with so little time to relax and enjoy life, because we have all become so over-booked. Stress is a huge part of this whole weight loss problem because of the hormones it produces…Stress produces fat STORING hormones!
To successfully lose weight and keep it off, you need to eat right and exercise, but you also need to regulate and balance those hormones, so your metabolism will function the way it was designed to. When you do that, you restore normal metabolic function, which puts you back in the ‘fat-burning zone’ — then your body will start really burning those unwanted pounds!
Here are a few simple steps to get your hormones back in balance…
1. Support adrenal function by using supplements that contain ingredients like; Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Ginseng, L-Theanine, Fenugreek, Gymnema Sylvestre and vitamins and minerals like B-Complex, C, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Calcium and Magnesium.
2. Stabilize blood sugar and fight cravings by eating low-glycemic foods. These include things like meats, fish, poultry and lean green vegetables.
Treat an irritated digestive system — it is a huge stressor! Improve the health of your digestive tract by using good digestive enzymes and probiotics. If you are experiencing chronic digestive problems, including indigestion, bloating and gas, try to limit or avoid common food allergens, such as dairy, coffee, soy, and sometimes wheat and corn products. Combine foods properly — Don’t eat foods that contain protein and sugar or starches in the same meal…for example, meat & potato, high protein meal followed by dessert, protein shake with fruit added, ice cream, etc.
4. Take time to relax and reflect on positive things! Do 3-5 minutes of deep breathing, pray, or take a walk. This step alone can dramatically reduce stress hormone levels!
Give these things a try for just 30 days…you will be pleasantly surprised!
Joe Perry is a nutritional expert and product formulator and has worked in the nutritional industry for over 30 years. He is CEO of NatraLife, LLC . You can read more of his articles at: www.natralife.com/articles.asp