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25 Stressors that Contribute to Midlife Weight Gain

By Brenda Rogers
from Q Women

Lately, life has become more stressful than usual. I feel it and I imagine you feel it too. There’s more fear, more disruption, more restrictions. All of this adds to our mental stress and wears us down.

But pressures and mental stresses aren’t the only stressors on the body. Here is a list of many more than increase your stress load and therefore contribute to weight gain.

Reducing your stressors and improving your capacity to deal with them is the key to optimal health.

CauseHow it may contribute to being overweight
Eating too many calories and not enough nutrientsAlways hungry, nutrient deficiencies may lead to disease, diabetes
Preservatives, artificial coloursAdd to the load on the liver
Pesticides, metals and other poisonsCan damage cells, can kill gut flora
Artificial sweetenersLong term weight gain, carb craving and MS-like symptoms
Thinking negative thoughtsIncreases cortisol levels
Putting up with being unhappyFrustration & resentment which may elevate blood pressure or stress the liver
BoredomCan lead to overeating
Unresolved anger, grief, hurtBody tension which affects circulation to that area. Can cause emotional eating
Unexpressed joy, happiness and appreciationEmotions become negative and fester within us.
White flourRaised blood sugar and insulin.  Produces inflammation, causes cell damage
White sugarRaised blood sugar and insulin.  Produces inflammation, causes cell damage
Trans, hydrogenated and oxidized fatsRaised blood sugar and insulin.  Produces inflammation, causes cell damage
AlcoholPoisonous to the liver, increases requirement for nutrients
CaffeineLeaches nutrients from the body, stimulates adrenalin causing fatigue
Eating too oftenIncreased inflammation
Eating too late at nightAffects sleep and reduces the rejuvenation of the night
Eating huge quantities of foodRequires more digestive enzymes than your gut can make.  Overloads all systems.
MedicationsToxic to the liver
Smoking, recreational drugsIncreases heavy metal load and contains other chemicals that can overload the liver
Poor quality supplementsWaste of money
Misguided ambitionRaises adrenalin and cortisol levels, increases inflammation, can raise blood pressure and risk of stroke
JealousyMakes us irrational and the victim in our own story of life
Self-hateLeads to self-destructive behaviours like smoking and binge eating
Allergies & intoleranceCan create cravings, increases inflammation
Poor liver and bowel detoxificationCauses unhealthy blood which has multiple flow on affects that can be detrimental to our health and weight, not to mention cancer.

Have a chat with your naturopath to find out how you can take charge of your stress and restore your body to calm and optimal weight.

More about the author

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Brenda Rogers
– Q Women

Brenda is a naturopath and life coach who loves science and the more mysterious arts such as iridology and energy medicine. She’s a wisdom teacher; nutrition educator specialising in nutrient- dense, traditional foods; transformational coach; public speaker; wellness blogger; Art of Feminine Presence teacher; aspiring author; and Retreat leader.