There is no doubt that stress is a major factor in our overall health and well-being. But could it also be making you fat? Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that when in balance aids in blood pressure control, reduces inflammation and supports our ability to adapt during stressful situations. However, when cortisol is secreted on a long term basis, it can adversely affect our health and lead to increased visceral or belly fat. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can also disrupt blood sugar balance, increase cravings and disrupt estrogen and progesterone balance. Adaptogenic herbs are a unique class of healing plants that can help balance, restore and protect the body especially during times of long term chronic stress. Rhodiola is an herb that been around for thousands of years and has been long known for its ability to regulate blood sugar and enhance the transport of serotonin into the brain. When combined with Relora, it can have a positive effect on stress related fatigue, food cravings and provides a sense of satiety. Satiet-ease is a professional formula that combines these two powerful herbs that support healthy body fat distribution, positive mood, physical and emotional well-being.
Canada's Dara Howell took Gold in freestyle skiing in Sochi last week. But when it comes to our digestion, slow and steady wins the race. Much of the reason for poor digestion is how we eat. We eat too fast. Our digestive system relies heavily on digestive enzymes which begin in our mouth. When we chew, we secrete saliva and amylase the enzyme that helps to break down carbohydrates. This is just the start of a journey through our gastrointestinal tract, the tube that begins at the mouth and ends at the rectum. I often say “our stomachs do not have teeth,” and our digestive system relies on us to chew our food well into a pulp. When we take our time to chew thoroughly and avoid drinking iced beverages with our meals, we can minimize uncomfortable bloating and gas often associated with poor digestion. This can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut and poor nutrient absorption as well as constipation. At your next meal, try chewing your food at least 20 times, sip on room temperature water if needed and savour each bite. For optimal digestion, I recommend Digestive Enzymes Ultra by Pure Encaps taken during meals which helps break down food, reduces bloating, improves nutrient absorption and may alleviate constipation. The added bonus is, taking a digestive enzyme actually helps us to make more enzymes thereby speeding up metabolism and supports healthy weight loss and hormonal balance.
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.