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Reducing Stress

Having written a blog about being spiritually alive over a year and a half ago, it brought back thoughts about why I’m feeling bloated; while also the need to tackle stress. As a highly sensitive person I’m concerned over such an imbalance, and change in my body composition which needs to be shared.

As mentioned during the content of my previous blog, which is highly recommended to read via the link above; what we think about can have detrimental effects on our lives even if our emotions are in check, and this is because deep down there is a problem which moves us. Although under control, the Israel-Hamas conflict which has taken up a good part of my day watching news and interview videos while writing several blogs over the last weeks perhaps has taken its toll of subconsciously causing stress. Stress can cause hormone imbalances. Getting it in check is the answer!

I’m talking about obesity hormones which has meant my tummy is fully bulged. Obviously, I’m not proud of it! Other than a bodily imbalance nothing has changed in my life. I’m sleeping well and continue eating the same quality and quantities of food prepared at home. I’m carrying on my health exercise regime. One hormone that can influence belly fat is cortisol, so perhaps I should avoid conflict completely.

Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by your two adrenal glands, which sit on top of each kidney. When you are stressed, increased cortisol is released into your bloodstream. This can make you fat. Having the right cortisol balance is essential for your health, and producing too much or too little cortisol can cause health problems.

Corticosteroids in medicine are often prescribed by doctors to treat the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs, however only in short bouts. Average Corticosteroid level was found to increase cortisol approximately nine times in stressful periods compared with that in relaxed periods. In other words, avoiding stressful events is key to reducing cortisol levels which are detrimental to health. Become a monk!

By the way, I’m not a doctor, so my research could be totally out of proportion. Remember to visit a qualified general practitioner if you need advice.

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Bloated (adj) = swollen, stuffed, full, overfed, ballooned, blown up. Used as a verb to make or become swollen with fluid or gas. "The fungus has bloated their abdomens."

Bulged (adj) = protruded, expanded, swelled, swollen, stick out, be full to bursting. Used as a verb to swell or protrude to an unnatural or incongruous extent. "The veins in his neck bulged."

Bouts (n) = sessions, spells, attacks, fits, stretches, stints, short periods

Monk (n) = friar, monastic, religious, abbot, prior, brother, hermit, priest, cleric, preacher. As a holy man it means living in tranquility and total calmness.

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