25 Aug 2014

Can’t get rid of belly fat?

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Can’t get rid of belly fat despite eating healthy food and regular exercise?  The culprit could be elevated cortisol levels.

Cortisol is often called the stress hormone.   Cortisol is an important hormone in the body, but when elevated for prolonged periods, it can wreak havoc in the body.  Physical and emotional stress, as well as illness, can increase cortisol levels.  In healthy people, levels of both cortisol and DHEA (often called the anti-aging hormone) increase in response to short-term negative emotions, but when these last days or longer, cortisol levels remain high at the expense of DHEA, as they both have the same pre-cursor.  A decreased DHEA:cortisol ratio is a key biochemical marker of stress and accelerated aging.

A reduced DHEA:cortisol ratio is found in most major diseases and is also associated with:

  • Accelerated aging
  • Brain cell death
  • Impaired memory and learning
  • Decreased bone density;  increased osteoporosis
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Reduced skin growth and regeneration
  • Impaired immune function
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Increased fat accumulation around waist and hips

We use a unique approach developed by HeartMath®  that focuses on establishing a new physiological baseline by targeting the primary source of the disorder.  Contact us now for more information.

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