Ever hear that stress is a bitch? That is because it is true! Stress hurts your sleep, and it equally hurts your body! The body has a hormone called “cortisol”. When stressed, your cortisol levels rise causing anxiety, lethargy, and weight gain! Even people who diet and exercise can have add weight gain from cortisol!
Here is a scientific study on stress-induced cortisol:
Stress-induced cortisol response and fat distribution in women
Recent studies have shown an association between uncontrollable stress and abdominal fat distribution. It has been suggested that changes in cortisol secretion might represent one possible mechanism for this relationship. This study investigated whether body fat distribution, determined by waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), is related to salivary cortisol levels in response to laboratory stressors. Subjects were 41 overweight women with a Low or a High WHR. Multiple measures of cortisol and mood were obtained during a session of stressful tasks (eg., timed arithmetic) and during a time-matched, control rest session. Also, background life stress and psychological trait variables were assessed. Compared to Low WHR subjects, High WHR subjects secreted significantly more cortisol during the stressful session after 60 minutes of stress, and considering the total area under the curve of secretion. This difference was not seen on the rest day. In terms of background and psychological measures, High WHR subjects were characterized by poorer coping skills and differences in mood reactivity. Specifically, although all subjects became more angry in response to the stressful session, High WHR subjects showed smaller increases in anger. This could indicate that they are more likely to evidence a helpless reaction to uncontrollable stress. These findings support the hypothesis that cortisol secretion might represent a mechanism for the observed association between stress and abdominal fat distribution. Furthermore, differences in coping and appraisal may suggest that a particular psychological pattern might influence the reactivity of the adrenal-cortical system to stress, and subsequent fat distribution (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16353426).
So what can we do to prevent cortisol increases?
OPTI-CORE by 1st Phorm
There are several key factors to losing fat and one of the most important, and often ignored is controlling the levels of the harmful stress hormone called cortisol. In today’s society stress is everywhere and whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional it increases your cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels remain elevated it signals your body to hold onto fat in your midsection as well as cause lethargy, anxiety, and a weakened immune system. Opti-Core™ was formulated to reduce your cortisol levels, bringing them back down to a healthy level, in order to promote optimal weight loss results and an overall healthier you. A prominent factor in reducing cortisol and maintaining those healthy levels is deep, restful sleep. The AdrenaCort Recovery™ in Opti-Core helps you unwind, and relax to reduce stress levels. By reducing stress and getting a relaxing night’s sleep, cortisol levels will be dramatically reduced. This optimizes your metabolism and allows your body sufficient time to recover to its full potential. We’ve addressed another key nighttime fat loss problem by adding our Lipozyme Optimizer™ to further enhance recovery. We do this by aiding in digestion and nutrient assimilation while you are asleep. A proper blend of digestive enzymes keeps your body’s metabolism working as efficiently as possible, keeping your metabolism up, even while you sleep. This positive impact on your metabolism not only helps assist with fat-loss while you sleep, but puts you in an optimal fat burning state immediately upon waking.
Vitamins and Minerals:
- Zinc Chelate: Helps with immune system, cell growth, and control insulin
- Magnesium Asparate: Great for muscles, nerves, cells, sleep, and hormone functions
- Vitamin B6: Can decrease chances of psychological illness and increase metabolism
- GABA: Helps control stress and increases relaxation
- Valerian Root: Relaxes central nervous system and used as sleep aid
- Kava Kava: Used to reduce stress and relax
- 5 HTP: Helps with relaxation and studies show it effective for limiting binge eating
- Alpha GPC: Supports cognitive function
- Melatonin: Helps with relaxation and sleep
“AdrenaCort Recovery is a fantastic combination of stress reducing compounds and sleep aids.”
- Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase: Digestive aids that help breakdown food
- Bromelain: Digestive Aid
- Black Cherry: Digestive Aid
“Lipozyme Optimizer is a great combination of proven digestive aids to help breakdown food and get them out of your system faster.”
Overall, OPTI-CORE with the combination and diet and exercise should not only help you lose weight faster, but also help you sleep and recover better. OPTI-CORE comes in a great stack with Bliss and Thyro-Drive that will help you lose weight fast 24 hours a day. You save a lot of money by purchasing the stack!
Train hard my friends!
Servings Per Container: 20
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Zinc Chelate||30 mg||200%|
|Magnesium Aspartate||450 mg||113%|
|Vitamin B6||10.5 mg||525%|
|AdrenaCort RecoveryTM:||1500 mg||+|
|[GABA, Valerian Root, Kava Kava, 5 HTP, Alpha GPC, Melatonin]|
|Lipozyme OptimizerTM:||250 mg||+|
|[Digestive Enzyme complex (Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase), Bromelain, and Black Cherry.]|
|OTHER INGREDIENTS: Gelatin, silicone dioxide, and magnesium stearate.|