“Seasonal” – Take a look at how to stay active and make healthy choices no matter what the temperature is outside
It’s September, which means we aren’t quite in High Pollen Season – nor are we quite in Flu Season.
So what’s with all the congestion, sniffles, and headaches?
I realize this is hard to believe.
None of us really have anything major going on.
It’s NOT LIKE it’s the first full month of school for parents and children, and college students …
The first full month of football as we discussed in last Tuesday’s article,
Or the last month before the FIVE MONTH stretch of debt-inducing, hangover-prone holidays:
October – Halloween
November – Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving
December – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa [respectively]
January – New Years
February – Valentine’s Day
Dont even act like Halloween and Valentine’s Day don’t count… you know as well as I do.
Listen, here’s the deal, I know we have heard about stress for eons and it’s something everyone has and no one wants and we all should sleep more and eat better and exercise regularly…
But here’s the SIMPLE truth:
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more cortisol [hormone] to help you stay alert …while also reducing white blood cell count [lowering your immunity]….and storing belly fat…
Cortisol also messes with Leptin [another hormone] which increases cravings for unhealthy foods in unhealthy amounts …
When your Cortisol and Leptin levels are too high, it messes with your circadian rhythm so that even when try to sleep you CANT sleep as soundly…which means your body will not get the rest it needs and it will further increase the levels of those two hormones.
If this goes one for several consecutive days, your body will continue to reduce white blood cell count and your fatigue will get worse and you will start to feel that “flu-like” feeling.
Your body is literally trying to get you to slow down, it’s begging you to get into bed and sleep so that it can get back on track.
The take-home message here is that : Your body is in charge 🙂
If you don’t give your body what it needs, it will make changes on a cellular level to get what it needs.
Work with your body, not against it.
It’s the only one you have.
Until Next time,