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 Stressed out? Overweight? Frazzled?

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Stressed Out? Overweight? Frazzled?

  • How often do you experience stressful situations?
  • How often do you feel tired or fatigued for no apparent reason?
  • How often do you get less than eight hours of sleep?
  • How often do you feel anxious or depressed?
  • How often do you feel angry or aggressive?
  • How often do you feel self-conscious or inadequate?
  • How often do you feel overwhelmed or confused?
  • How often is your sex drive lower than you would like it to be?
  • Do you tend to gain weight easily?
  • Are you currently dieting?
  • How often have you attempted to control your body weight?
  • How often do you pay close attention to the foods you eat?
  • How often do you crave carbohydrates (sweets and/or breads)?
  • How often do you experience difficulty with memory or concentration?
  • How often do you experience digestive problems such as gas, bloating, ulcers, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea?
  • How often do you get sick, catch colds or the flu?
  • Do you have high cholesterol (greater than 200mg/dl)?
  • Do you have high blood sugar (greater than 100mg/dl)?
  • Do you have high blood pressure (greater than 140/90mm/Hg)?

Your total - 0-5 points:  Low risk, no worries. You are cool as a cucumber and have either a very low level of stress or a tremendous ability to deal effectively with incoming stressors. Congratulations!

6-10 points:  Moderate risk.You may be suffering from an overactive stress response and chronically elevated levels of cortisol and should incorporate anti-stress strategies into your lifestyle.

Greater than 10 points:  High risk. You are definitely suffering from an overactive stress response and chronically elevated levels of cortisol. You need to take immediate steps to regain balance.

If you drive a car, pay bills or have a boss, odds are you will fail. Nobody is stress free --- but too much stress can harm your body, breaking down its immune system, causing weight gain and even contributing to heart disease and cancer.

You can't cut yourself off from society to avoid stress. Instead, use a natural effective, proven method to relieve stress and lower cortisol levels and, in the process, lose weight.

Dr Shawn Talbott, an avid endurance athlete with a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and former professor at the University of Utah Dietary Supplement Education Program, has written a book called The Cortisol Connection, Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health --- And What You Can Do About It. In his book, he supports the use of adaptogens to help control cortisol.

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