Relating to my post yesterday, I wanted to shed a little light on why slowing down can not only improve your mental health, but your physical health as well. A lot this this is to do with your hormones - specifically our stress hormones. Now these hormones aren't "bad" and they aren't good - the just do what they were intended to do. These hormones are commonly referred to as our "fight or flight" response. If we find ourselves under immediate and intense pressure and stress, these hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) signal our bodies to burn carbs and lean protein for quick energy. Carbs and proteins are the quickest forms of energy for our body to use, so during times of intense stress, our bodies will switch from burning at to proteins and carbs.
All is well if your body is able to come back to a resting and peaceful state (like after a workout for example), because your body will switch back to fat burning (the afterburn affect for those following along👌🏼) and your body will continue progressing.
The problem comes from prolonged elevation of stress levels. This is can lead to adrenal fatigue where your body simply cannot produce enough cortisol and adrenaline. When this happens, fatigue sets in, thyroid functions are disrupted and this leads to weight gain, depression, digestive issues 🙋🏽 and a list of other health problems.
Bottom line : SLOW THE F DOWN! Take a few moments and drink your lemon water, read your devotional - whatever you have to do to create PEACE for yourself.
Start taking care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet of vitamin and nutrient rich food. Sleep! Drink a shitload of water on the daily! And for goodness sakes, STOP pounding the caffeine all day long! All this does is further wreck your adrenals and prolong the cycle of extremes lows, blood sugar spikes, cravings, and weight gain.
If you find yourself spinning your wheels lately, take a look at your lifestyle and your routine. I'll bet there something you can do this week to get back on a healthy track and progress towards your goals. ❤️
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