Learn how to Lose Weight - Is Stress Making You Fat.
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Yo! Is your stress making you fat and unhealthy? That is the question of the day because people are stressed out. I mean, we have to deal with so much stress, it's ridiculous. I mean, just think about what's going on these days. We have got a credit crunch, we've got a global economic crisis, we've got to deal with people that we don't like and bosses that we don't like and jobs that we don't like and spouses that we don't like and kids that are driving us crazy and we've got to pay bills and we've got sit in traffic and we've got to pay an arm and a leg for gas, I mean, how could you not be stressed? We have to deal with more stress, right now, in one year than our ancestors had to deal within their entire lifetimes. We were not built for this. And so today's topic is a Adrenal Fatigue. What are your adrenals? Your adrenal are these little glands that sit right on top of your kidneys, and of course since they are glands, they shoot out hormones. Now one of the most important hormones that the adrenal glands produce is Cortisol. Cortisol is our stress hormone. It helps us to deal with stress, it helps to modulate our immune system, it helps us to fight inflammation, it's an anti-inflammatory, there is a lot of cool stuff. However, too much and too little cortisol can be a problem, alright. So earlier when I talked about all these stresses, they are mostly psychological stresses, but there is other stresses as well. We've got physical stress like injuries in trauma, and over-exercising, we've got electromagnetic stress, we've got all the pollution, the environmental stress that we have to deal with on a daily basis, we've got nutritional stress, we've got all of these different stresses and all they do is stick right on top of each other and the body must respond. How does the body respond? The body has to produce cortisol, the adrenal glands have to produce cortisol. So think of this, you are going through a period of time when you are incredibly stressed. Your adrenal glands, what they have to do is shoot out tons of cortisol, that is like, oh, stress, stress, stress, stress, cortisol, cortisol, cortisol, it's just shooting it out. But how long can your adrenal glands do this? Your adrenal glands cannot do this forever. They were not built to do this forever and so they did fatigued. They get exhausted, that's the term, Adrenal Exhaustion. So let me take you into your adrenal glands. We're going to talk about the hormone tree, the steroid hormone tree, I've mentioned it before in my cholesterol video, and I am not getting complexed, a brief rundown of what's going on in your adrenal glands. So we've got cholesterol, alright. Cholesterol is important. People are trying to keep their cholesterols down to nothing, it doesn't make any sense because without cholesterol you cannot make your hormones, alright. Cholesterol is going to turn into pregnanalone, alright. Guys, see to that, cholesterol turns into pregnanalone, and pregnanalone can do two things. It can shoot right down the pipe and make DHEA which is a repair hormone, alright, see that, cholesterol, pregnanalone turns into DHEA and DHEA makes all of your sex hormones, alright. It makes your estrogen, it makes your testosterone, your androstenedione and so on and so forth, alright. Some I am going to write sex, sex and reproduction, there we go, that's one side, pregnanalone turns into DHEA which is going to make your sex and reproductive hormones. Pregnanalone, which is the mother hormone can also do something else. They can shoot off to the side there and they can make progesterone. In women, you are probably familiar with progesterone because that is the pro-pregnancy hormone, and so progesterone is going to convert into cortisol. That's what your adrenal glands will just shoot now. Now cortisol, as I said, is a stress hormone. So here we go. That's your steroid hormone tree in a nutshell, but think about this. What happens when you are too stressed? When you are too st