So what does stress have to do with weight? Turns out to be a lot!
When we are stressed, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which packs a triple whammy. Cortisol slows metabolism, affects blood sugar level, interferes with insulin secretion, increases fat storage – especially around the mid-section, and promotes cravings for fatty, salty and sugary foods.
Plus, if you are stressed, you can’t relax and get the rest you need, which further spikes cortisol production – creating a vicious cycle.
There are various herbs that you can take to nourish your nervous system – depending whether you want to strengthen and restore it, or to encourage calm and relaxation. Try adaptogens such as ginseng or holy basil, or relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm and oats.
Calcium has a calming effect on the nervous system, so load up on calcium-rich foods such as leafy greens or bone broth during dinner. Take calcium and magnesium supplements before going to bed.
Of course, avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages and replace with Arbonne’s Herbal Detox Tea or Energy Fizz Stick.
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