Next Gen Nutrition
Compiled by the Body Reboot Experts at Evolv Health
Most of us know both all too well. So first, let’s tackle that hyped-up feeling.
Our bodies were hard-wired to react to stress in ways to protect us against predators and other dangers. Sure, we’re no longer feeling the hot breath of T-Rex standing over our shoulder, but we do have modern stressors triggering the same hard-wired physiological responses in our bodies.
The tyrant boss barking orders, the run-away shopping cart racing toward our shiny new car, the rising temperature of our sick baby, or the growing pile of bills stacked up on the kitchen counter.
Modern day stressors with the same T-Rex inspired responses.
That’s when our bodies go into hyped-up, stress-response mode. Our hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of the brain, sets off an alarm system. Thanks to a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts our adrenal glands, located atop the kidney, to release a surge of hormones, including Adrenaline and Cortisol.
And that means?
Well, thanks to Adrenaline, it means an increase of your heart rate and an elevation of your blood pressure. And compliments of Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, it means an increase of sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream and a curbing of functions that would be unimportant or harmful in a fight-or-flight situation, for example, your immune system responses and digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. The alarm system goes full-out also communicating with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.
Your body is hyped-up and NOT in a good way.
After the perceived predator goes away, your body goes back to normal. But when stressors always feel present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.
That’s when the long-term effect of an overexposure to Cortisol and other stress hormones begins to disrupt almost all your body’s processes. As a result, you have an increased risk of complications such as:
• Gut health issues
• Cardiovascular issues
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration loss
Before we get into healthy ways to combat this threat, let’s tackle the next modern day reality…
Not an ounce of energy left. Sleep eludes you at night and fogs your brain in the afternoon. What’s going on?
You’re tired. So you may think grabbing an energy drink is the answer. Slow your roll there because energy drinks, according to a recent study, carry risks including:
• Caffeine overdose which can lead to symptoms such as palpitations, high blood pressure, and nausea.
• Type 2 Diabetes (as high consumption of caffeine may reduce insulin sensitivity)
• Miscarriages and low birth weights
• Neurological and cardiovascular system effects in children and adolescents
• Sensation-seeking actions
• Poor dental health
Reference: Breda JJ, Whiting SH, Encarnação R, et al. Energy drink consumption in Europe: a review of the risks, adverse health effects, and policy options to respond
So What’s a Healthy Response to Being Hyped-Up and Tapped-Out?
Here are 7 Tips to Tackle Stress and Low Energy:
1. Eat a healthy nutrient-rich, whole foods diet
2. Get regular exercise
3. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, getting a massage or meditating.
4. Take time for hobbies, whatever you enjoy doing in “me-time” moments
5. Cultivate healthy friendships
6. Find a mission you believe in and support it. It’s amazing how doing good for others is good for YOU.
7. get your health fix on! To help counter stress, there’s a powerful drink called FIX that helps reduce the effects of excess Cortisol while supporting your adrenal glands and helping you sleep better, stay calm and focused throughout the day. And for energy? Here’s the cool part. Fix also contains a patented blend of ancient Peat moss and apple pectin which has been clinically proven to increase your cells’ natural production of ATP by 64 percent without the use of stimulants or caffeine. The ideal health fix for feeling hyped-up or tapped-out!
Exploring modern day responses to the modern day dilemmas of stress and lack of energy is a great way to support your health and your body.
BTW, be sure to ask how to get 28-days of FIX FREE!