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Can your posture reduce your Stress Levels?

March 14, 2016

Yes says Amy Cuddy, Psychologist at Harvard Business School, who discovered that your posture can actually change your cortisol levels. She says standing tall increases people's testosterone, decreases their cortisol, increases their appetite for risk, and causes them to perform better in job interviews. 

 

 

​Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night's sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco. 

 

Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, you can't really be physically fit. 

 

 

 

The Cortisol connection

 

Also known as 'the stress hormone', Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and is responsible for activating the body's "fight or flight" response in stressful situations. 

When your body is under chronic stress, your cortisol levels remain high, and you can be more susceptible to disease. 

 

Belly Fat

 

Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as weight gain, known as 'belly fat' . High levels of cortisol are associated with overeating, craving high caloric fatty and sugary foods. Cortisol relocates fat from the circulation and storage depots to the abdominal area.

 

 

Ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 

 

Stress can lead to poor digestion, ulcerated stomachs and inflamed intestines. Getting stress and cortisol under control can help reverse these symptoms. During stress the body is unable to secrete enough digestive enzymes to properly digest food, producing nausea, constipation, gas and bloating. 

 

 

High Blood Pressure

 

When your body is experiencing the "fight or flight" response, your heart responds by increasing its rate and blood pressure. It canalso shut down digestion and direct blood to the arms and legs, where it can fuel fighting/fleeing muscles. If you're constantly stressed, this chronic cycle will eventually take its toll and can contribute to heart disease.

 

Chronic colds, cough and flu symptoms

 

Excessive stress, either physical or mental, has a detrimental effect on the optimal functioning of the immune system leading to persistent illness. 

 

Improving Posture and Reducing Stress

 

At Beaumont Street Chiropractic Clinic we are dedicated to helping you to improve your posture and your quality of life with chiropractic care. Good posture is shown to reduce your cortisol levels, positively affecting yourmental and physical wellbeing. We also offer advice on standing and sitting correctly, specific exercises and nutrition. 

 

So what can you do to relieve stress?

  • Singing has been shown to reduce stress. Sing along to your favourite tune and make it fun by dancing. Move your body! 

  • Laughter is the best medicine. Watch a funny DVD and give yourself the giggles.

  • Exercise! Even just going for a short walk can have amazing benefits!

  • Magnesium is shown to be a great stress reliever. Foods rich in Magnesium include halibut, legumes, whole grains, leafy green vegetables and almonds!

  • And remember to breathe deeply. Inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 4 - all through the nose. Feel the air going right down into the abdomen relaxing the nervous system. This can be done anywhere and is one technique that is especially effective to help you fall asleep. 

​Don't wait for stress to control your life...

 

...Take control of your life and reduce your stress with chiropractic care! 

Please call 01865 311871 to have your posture checked today!

 

 

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