We all know recovery is a vital part of life, but why? There are many factors that contribute to this, however the one we are going to focus on today is the hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol has very important roles in the body and is necessary, however too much cortisol in your body can lead to:
- Low Energy
- Heart Disease
- Digestion Issues
- Problems Sleeping
- Physical Injury and Tightness
- Weight Gain and the Inability to Burn Fat
So, if you are dealing with one or more of these issues there is a good chance that you have high stress, which produces high cortisol levels and can cause these things to manifest in your life.
Today we are going to give you some strategies on how to effectively help your body to recover, de-stress, and lower your Cortisol levels.
#1. Nutrition Strategies
This is not something most people commonly associate with stress, however it is a crucial component to healing and recovering your body appropriately to alleviate stress and lower Cortisol. The steps you can take to start this process are:
- Start drinking 8 glasses of water per day
- Severely limit sugary and alcoholic beverages
- Minimize all pre-processed foods, focus on whole foods
- Set a schedule to eat and prep your food
Those four steps alone could have drastic effects on your health and your recovery. Also, if you feel that is something you have a hard time doing on your own, find an accountability partner, find a mentor, or actually hire a certified nutrition coach.
#2. Physical Strategies
The body is where stress manifests itself, and it’s also one of the best places to relieve stress. The act of relieving stress, increasing energy and overall health through bodily recovery practices such as stretching and compression have been used worldwide for many hundreds of years. One of the most famous examples of that is the practice of Yoga. However, there are many advances in the world of recovery and some recommended strategies include:
- Manual Stretching (having a professional stretch you to alleviate tension and stress)
- Compression Therapy
- Heat and Vibration Therapy
- Percussion Therapy
As always, these are suggestions and we highly recommend you talk to a professional before trying many of these practices on your own, so you make sure to lower stress in the body and not increase it by doing the wrong strategy or doing it the incorrect way.
One of the leading causes of weight gain in America right now is stress! Alleviating that stress through Physical Strategies as well as Nutritional Strategies is vital to your long term health, no matter who you are or what you might be going through.
If you are ready to relieve your stress, lose weight, have more energy and feel better then CLICK HERE to book your recovery session today!