Feeling tired all the time and craving salty foods? You might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, a syndrome to describe poor functioning of the adrenal glands.
When you are stressed, the adrenals react by producing cortisol to make you feel good. If the stress is longterm however, the body isn't able to continue producing this amount of cortisol and adrenal fatigue sets in.
You can relieve adrenal fatigue through a diet low in sugar, caffeine and junk food and by practicing yoga.
A study in Philadeplhia revealed that certain poses like Shoulderstand, Locust Pose, Tree Pose and Plough significantly decreased cortisol in the body.
This might explain why people generally feel more relaxed almost immediately after a yoga class.
Lowering your cortisol levels is also beneficial for your waistline.
When cortisol levels are high, our body craves unhealthy and fatty food. Those extra calories you eat when you are feeling angry or depressed, are distributed in the abdomen. This belly fat is quite dangerous and can lead to diabetes and eventually, heart attack.
So do yourself and your family a favor and take up yoga so you can be a healthier and more relaxed version of yourself!