So what does stress have to do with weight? Turns out to be a lot!
When we are stressed, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol, which packs a triple whammy. Cortisol slows metabolism, affects blood sugar level, interfere with insulin secretion, increase fat storage – especially around the mid-section, and promotes cravings for fatty, salty and sugary foods.
Plus, if you are stressed, you can’t relax and get the rest you need, which further spike cortisol production – creating a vicious cycle.
There are various herbs that you can take to nourish your nervous system – depending whether you want to strengthen and restore it, or to encourage calm and relaxation. Try adeptogens such as ginseng or holy basil, or relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm and oats.
Calcium has a calming effect on the nervous system, so load up on calcium-rich foods such as leafy greens or bone broth during dinner. Magnesium is also a mineral that will help you to relax which is why it is known as the anti-stress mineral. Take it an hour before bedtime to help you sleep.
Of course, avoid caffeinated beverages as much as you can, and explore coffee alternatives such as black tea, green tea, yerba mate, or rooibos.