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How lack of sleep leads to irritability, anxiety, depression, and obesity

2/28/2015 - Hormones are not just for sex. Hormones are chemical signals produced by the body's endocrine glands that regulate all kinds of bodily functions. Metabolism, mood, behavior, libido, immune function, growth, weight loss, and muscle gain are all strongly influenced by hormones. All of these hormones are...

Meditation decreases stress and weight gain hormone cortisol in the body, research shows

4/3/2013 - The things you think about and dwell on throughout your day have a direct effect on your stress levels, which regulate how much cortisol, or stress hormone, is produced in your body. And new research published in the journal Health Psychology has found that meditation, and particularly mindfulness thinking,...

Are stress and high cortisol depleting your vitamin D?

9/3/2012 - According to recent studies reported by the Body Ecology website, cortisol, the flight or fight hormone, can disrupt your body's vitamin D3 uptake. If cortisol is produced by chronic stress that can't be acted upon by running or fighting for your life, the cortisol builds up in your body. This is...

Do you have adrenal fatigue? Learn how to shed pounds and regain your energy naturally

8/23/2012 - What do you do when you hit that wall in the middle of the afternoon and your snooze factor increases by a thousand percent? Do you grab some chocolate? A sugary or energy drink? Coffee? Well, these foods and drinks might give you a temporary boost of energy, they do so by providing you with a massive...

Sick from stress -The cortisol connection

6/24/2012 - Have you ever been so stressed out you can't think straight? Crunch time, trying to make a rational decision and you can't even clearly see the problem? This happens when there is too much cortisol in the brain. There is point where the brain cannot properly make and store new thoughts and memories...

Coffee promotes cortisol production and weight gain

1/18/2012 - Conventional wisdom about weight loss suggests coffee may be a good addition to a diet plan since it has minimal calories and no fat. While this seems logical, a more holistic view evaluates coffee from the perspective of its influence on the body's ability to metabolize the other food we eat. Recent...

High cortisol causes bone loss

10/18/2011 - Cortisol is a glucocorticoid steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is released in response to stress and low levels of blood glucocorticoids. It primarily functions to increase blood sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis. Elevated levels of cortisol and other glucocorticoids cause...

Taking Antidepressants can Cause Weight Gain

11/16/2010 - Studies vary considerably when it comes to antidepressants, how they work and if they work. What is becoming clearer is the most likely reason why those who use antidepressants tend to put on weight. SSRIs and SNRIs are routinely prescribed to millions of adults, adolescents and children for conditions...

Keep Cortisol at Bay: How to Balance the Stress Hormone

4/6/2009 - Stress is not a modern-day problem. It's something mankind has been dealing with since our very existence began. Our bodies even come built with a specialized hormonal response to stress: our adrenal glands trigger a burst of hormones like cortisol to help us deal with periods of stress. This release...

Childhood Stress Induced by Trauma Increases Risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

2/16/2009 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition marked by persistent cycles of fatigue and recovery accompanied by diverse symptoms affecting multiple organ systems. It causes long-term tiredness which cannot be relieved by rest or sleep. There are a wide range of factors involved in the development...

Hormones Part III: Optimal Levels of Cortisol, Insulin and Thyroid are Essential to Vibrant Health

1/13/2009 - People of today are seeking quality of life, in the midst of a polluted world, an onslaught of chemicals, and a medical establishment educated to reflect corporate interests rather than the interests of patients. They live in a country where the number one gross national product is stress. On top of...

Optimal Levels of Cortisol, Insulin and Thyroid are Essential to Vibrant Health

1/6/2009 - People of today are seeking quality of life, in the midst of a polluted world, an onslaught of chemicals, and a medical establishment educated to reflect corporate interests rather than the interests of patients. They live in a country where the number one gross national product is stress. On top of...

Eighteen Overlooked Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

12/2/2008 - More and more alternative health practitioners are beginning to recognize how widespread adrenal fatigue (hypoadrenia) is in the general population. In mainstream medicine, doctors refuse to recognize there is a problem with the adrenal glands unless you meet the diagnostic criteria for Addison's disease...

How a Stressful State Leads to Chronic Fatigue (Part 1)

9/20/2008 - Chronic Fatigue with its debilitating constant tiredness, is a condition of our times, affecting teenagers, as well as men and women of all ages. But have you ever wondered what its real cause might be? Part 1 of this article series examines the hidden causes of Chronic Fatigue. It might surprise...

New Research In Mind-Body Medicine Shows That Social Interaction Accelerates Healing

8/6/2004 - A new study conducted at Ohio State University and published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology has revealed that having social interaction makes wounds heal faster. In fact, this study demonstrated that wounds heal twice as fast in subjects who had social interaction compared to those who were...

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