1. How does stress make us fat? Stress makes us fat in several ways. First, although the behavioral response to stress is often thought to be a primary reason for weight gain (e.g. we reach for the Haagen-Dazs when we feel stressed out), there are two very powerful physiological reasons for the link between stress and weight gain.
Whenever we are under stress, our bodies release its primary stress hormone – known as cortisol. In the body, cortisol is a potent signal to do two things increase appetite and store fat. This means that whenever we’re under stress, the increased cortisol in our body tells our brain that we’re hungry, while at the same time telling our fat cells to store as much fat as they can (and then hold on to it as tightly as possible).
2. What is the hormone cortisol? Cortisol is our primary stress hormone. In small amounts, cortisol is needed by the body to control carbohydrate metabolism, inflammation, and cardiovascular function. Cortisol is also known as the “fight-or-flight” hormone because of its effects in increasing blood pressure and blood sugar levels to help us run away from or fight off a predator or other stressful event.
Unfortunately, while small amounts of cortisol are a “good” thing, too much cortisol, for too long, is most certainly a “bad” thing because it leads us to develop a number of adverse health conditions. Elevated cortisol levels have been associated with a wide range of health effects from increased appetite, to weight gain, to diabetes, to depression.
3. Who has high cortisol levels? Within our fast-paced modern world, a better question might be, “Who doesn’t have elevated cortisol levels?” because elevated cortisol levels are so widespread. Dozens of scientific studies on cortisol show us that the following 3 groups of people are highly likely to suffer from elevated cortisol levels are those who:
Experience daily stress (work deadlines, family demands, bills, traffic, etc)… Get less than 8 hours of sleep each night… Restrict calories for weight loss and dieting, or haverestrained eating habits (a strict focus on what they eat)…
WHAT IS RELORA? NOW® Relora® is a safe, non-sedating formula that can help to alleviate symptoms associated with stress such as nervous tension, irritability, concentration difficulties and occasional sleeplessness. The relaxing effect of Relora® can thereby help to control appetite and prevent stress-related eating, aiding in weight control. NOW® Relora® is an all-natural proprietary blend of plant extracts from Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense that is not habit-forming* Details
Serving size: 1 VcapsTM
Servings per container: 180
Suggested use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 1 VcapsTM 2 to 3 times daily
Free of: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk or preservatives
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Cellulose (capsule), Modified Food and Corn Starch, Silica and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source)
Warnings: Please discard the inedible freshness packet enclosed
Disclaimers: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
VcapsTM is a trademark of Capsugel
Relora® is a registered trademark of Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Nutrition Info: Amount Per Serving % Daily Value Serving Size 1 Vcaps™ Relora® (A proprietary blend of plant extracts) 300 mg * * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. † Daily Value not established.
One bottle of 180 Caps