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Stress, Chiropractic, & Weight Management

A recent research study found over 75% of people experience a moderate or severe amount of stress every day!  Another recent study showed that over 54% of people are stressed out… by the amount of stress in their lives!!

I’m sure you have seen firsthand how stress can easily have a compounding effect in YOUR life–think about your typical week–is it filled with stress? And are your days and weeks more stressful now than they were last year? If you’re like most people, your answer to both of those questions was “YES!!”

 

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Chronic stress is not fun to deal with, but did you know it can also affect your weight?
When you are stressed your body goes into survival (or “fight or flight”) mode which changes your hormonal balance. You don’t need to be running from a real saber tooth tiger to enter ‘fight or flight’ mode–common everyday events like traffic jams, job deadlines, and sitting too much at work can cause you to go into a physiological stress response!
 
Recent research suggests that chronic stress can result in physiological changes like high blood pressure and the re-distribution of blood flow in the body, as well as changes in your brain which make it easier to be MORE stressed, and gain weight.
 
When you are stressed out, it is far MORE likely that you will over-eat and LESS likely that you will get enough sleep and exercise. Stress also causes your body to release cortisol, a hormone that can produce a build-up of fatty tissue and cause weight gain. Cortisol increases both your appetite and the amount of fat that the body stores. By recognizing your stressors, getting adjusted regularly, and engaging in a few simple relaxation techniques, you can learn to naturally reduce your body’s stress response.
 
In addition to Chiropractic adjustments, relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or even simple breathing exercises can help your body counteract the stress response. Exercise has been shown to significantly decrease stress levels by the same means that Chiropractic does – moving your body helps you process and shed stress!
 
You may not have control over your stressors every day, but you CAN better control your RESPONSE to those stressors! So the next time you are feeling stressed out, take a moment to breathe a few deep breaths, get some exercise into your schedule that day–and be sure to get adjusted regularly so you can BETTER process and manage your stress!!

 

 

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