Cortisol is our main stress hormone, and it’s a life-saver when we’re in danger. However it can also have a hugely negative impact on the rest of our body if we don’t manage it.
Stress messes up our hormones, especially through perimenopause, – digestion, brain function, energy levels, mood and sex drive are all affected. Even our immune system is weakened and this is a disaster as we need to be “fighting fit” in our 40s and beyond.
Constant exposure to high levels of stress may lead to excessive eating and weight gain. This leads to more stress and worry about being overweight so undertaking a strict diet would seem logical. BUT, this creates even more stress to the body because of food deprivation and feelings of low self-worth which, over time, leads to more weight gain and the accumulation of fat, particularly in the stomach area. Furthermore, harbouring chronic stress is toxic to most body systems and can lead to a variety of diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
How do we combat stress and achieve a balanced state of mind and body after 40? Well, we can start with regular physical movement and appropriate eating.
If you feel stress has taken over your life, get in touch and we can discuss strategies to help you lead a better quality of life and ultimately live longer!