Have you ever experienced stress? What about stress and ketosis?
I do not think there is a human alive today who is not subject to some degree of stress.
Our modern world is full of stressors. We constantly need to keep up with fast-paced lifestyles, technology, information…our lives have lost the harmonic rhythm of nature, substituted by a man-made frantic pace!
Every day the demands on our tie and attention are greater: job, family, kids, school, even just watching the news.
You know how it feels, right?
But do you know what it DOES?
Did you realize that stress and ketosis are inversely proportional?
Stress can kick us right out of ketosis, or can make it extremely difficult to stay in it.
How cortisol affects ketosis
Cortisol is the hormone of stress. It is released in the body as a response to our flight or fight mechanism.
Which is perfectly fine when the stimulation is quick and intense.
But what happens when we are subject to stress for long periods of time?
cortisol levels never have a chance to decrease, and this leads to a whole series of negative effects:
- Cortisol breaks down protein for sugar, so it will start eating up your muscles.
- It will also eventually start breaking down bone tissue leading to osteoporosis
- Cortisol burns fat but at the same time increases visceral fat, which increases insulin resistance and raises inflammation.
- increases appetite and cravings!
- suppresses the immune system in multiple ways
But the main way it affects ketosis is by its main function, which is to elevate sugar levels in the blood through gluconeogenesis!
The effects of long-term stress
Prolonged stress will imbalance your hormones, suppress thyroid and adrenal function and imbalance hormones!
And these conditions are the result of it:
- Inability to concentrate
- Excessive hunger
- Digestive dysfunctions
- Poor memory
- Autoimmune diseases
- Weakened immune system
- Sweet and salty cravings
How do I deal with it?
Thank goodness there are ways to reduce stress levels and help cope with it.
- You need to eliminate stressors
- If your blood sugar is a rollercoaster: Balance blood sugar levels – That is why a ketogenic diet helps!
- If you’re not sleeping enough, you should get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
- If you’re not active enough, should practice regular exercise of the right kind.
- If you’re drinking too much caffeine, you should trade coffee for herbal teas.
- You don’t have a proper diet or are lacking B vitamins and magnesium, which help lower cortisol and boost your immune system, you should consider proper supplementation.