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Abdominal Obesity and the Mind: What’s the Connection?

In this post, Anja Thomas, our Zerona Laser Fat Loss Specialist, explains the connection between abdominal obesity and the mind.

Abdominal Obesity and the Mind

The beauty of working with the body-mind connection is witnessing not only its ability to help you improve your health, but also to achieve more of what you want in your life. A positive attitude and a willingness to work hard in not letting anything affect the health of your body or mind should be your first step.

Our bodies are very complex structures with a lot of hormones and chemicals that need to be balanced. One hormone in particular is cortisol. This hormone should be well controlled with both the mind and the body.

Cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex in response to adrenal cortical stimulating hormone (ACTH) produced in the pituitary gland. Cortisol plays an important role in regulating blood sugar, energy production, inflammation, the immune system, and healing.

Lower levels of cortisol can cause chronic fatigue, exhaustion, and a disease of the endocrine system called Addison’s disease. If your adrenal glands are producing too much cortisol, you may develop conditions such as weight gain (especially around the abdomen), depressed immune function (with all of the consequences), accelerated aging, and stomach ulcers.

Cortisol is elevated in response to stress and depression. The adrenal glands will respond to any kind of stress.  The stress can be physical, environmental, chemical, or emotional.

Constantly elevated cortisol levels contribute to the accumulation of abdominal fat and make it very difficult to get rid of it. The excess accumulation of abdominal fat can lead to depression and other conditions resulting from weight gain. Studies have confirmed the relationship between depression and abdominal obesity, which has also been linked to an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

It is therefore important to take depression seriously and not to think about it just in terms of mental health, but to also think about the physical consequences of mental health problems.

Furthermore, with heighted cortisol levels the immune system is suppressed and the individual becomes more susceptible to infections.

Methods to reduce stress or depression are an essential part of all efforts to normalize cortisol. Stressors that are causing cortisol levels to get out of hand should be identified and addressed.

Each individual should identify the stress reduction techniques or ways that work best for them. Meditation, physical activities, and attitude changes are good paths to explore. You must find the technique that works for you. Without stress reduction, all therapeutic and support measures will eventually fail.

So, reduce abdominal obesity through maintaining a positive attitude and keeping cortisol levels in balance. Seek out strategies that will help mend you back to better health. Such strategies might include starting an exercise program, personal training, or engaging in health promoting activities such as regular massage therapy or chiropractic care.

>> BodyMend can help you reduce your stress and increase your overall wellness. Simply contact us to discuss your needs!