Foods to Lower Cortisol: Black Tea and Stress.

' Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.’  
~T’ien Yiheng

Let’s face it: we all get stressed. And superwomen with all their duties, obligations and roles even much more.

It’s no secret either that stress isn’t healthy.

This epidemic of the modern world is underlying causes of low energy, loss of sex drive, depression, tooth grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility and insomnia.

Although almost all of us complain about feeling stressed at work; it was discovered in one study that nearly a quarter of us take no breaks, and a third turn to comfort eating and extreme dieting to cope.

Today, mounting evidence has shown that one of the most insidious side-effects of chronic stress is weight gain. Excess stress hormones in the body encourage fat storage, especially that hardest-to-shift type – weight around the middle. Quite simply, in a stressed body most diets are doomed to fail.

I personally used to underestimate the effect stress had on me when it came to managing my weight and sticking to my diet and exercise. Now that I understand the power of the Stress Monster, I am a lot more mindful about preventing stress and, when I start to feel it creep in, examine its causes and do some damage control.

Before we get to some tools for stress induced weight gain I would like to talk about some important core concepts.

Stress starts...

When your brain perceives that you are in danger, your sympathetic nervous system gets activated, a cascade of hormones is released, including stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol from adrenal glands

Cortisol prepares the body for a fight-or-flight response by flooding it with glucose, supplying an immediate energy source to large muscles..

So what's the problem?

Sure, extra cortisol is all good when your source of stress is a boulder rolling down a mountain, coming straight toward your head; the body uses cortisol to propel you to action and move out of the way.

But when the stress comes in smaller (but almost constant) doses, like a rude comment from a relative, or running out of time while cooking for a crowd, our bodies become overburdened with these hormones. 

Chronic elevations of cortisol lead to weight gain.

You can coax your body away from this “crisis mode” by creating an effective holistic stress management routine. Doing this often means taking more time for yourself — including paying more attention to what you eat, how you sleep, and how you live each day. You deserve every bit of it!

Let’s start lowering cortisol levels naturally with a soothing cup of black tea.

Black tea and cortisol.

Drinking black tea, oxidized Camellia sinensis leaves, appears to provide a variety of health and stress reduction benefits.

Black tea is proven to relieve the surge in cortisol.

Daily cups of black tea can help you recover more quickly from the stresses of everyday life, according to a new study by UCL (University College London) researchers. New scientific evidence shows that black tea has an effect on stress hormone levels in the body.

The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. 

Furthermore, the study participants – who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks – were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or placebo tea for the same period of time.

It is also found that drinking black tea reduced Cortisol 47 percent.

I am ready for my next cup of black tea. What about you?

Lets enjoy our tea mindfully :)

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