Chronic Stress Proved to Result in Belly Fat
Stress Results in Early-Aging, Wrinkling and Belly Fat
High-stress levels cause an increase in cortisol, which is the stress hormone linked to insomnia, belly fat and a host of other issues, and it also triggers the release of inflammatory mediators which bring about the production of collagenase and metalloproteinases, all of which are the enzymes responsible for collagen and elastin breakdown leading to increased wrinkling, laxity and aging.
Negative Emotions Trigger the Increase of Inflammatory Cells
A wide range of negative emotions such as anger, sadness, regret, fear, and anxiety do release cortisol and epinephrine. Both activate the inflammatory cascade which can cause inflammatory mediators leading to excessive vasodilation which can lead to conditions like flushing and rosacea, increased inflammatory cells, all of which can cause psoriasis and eczema and autoimmune skin conditions, increased hair loss and more.
Stress Slower Healing Time
A number of studies have proven the direct link between positive emotions and increased skin immunity. Conversely, studies also prove that stress triggers skin infections and slower healing time as well.
Negative Emotions Affect Your Skin
“Mindfulness matters-from managing cortisol levels to impacting the way our cells age, the way our brain thinks impacts the way our body copes.” Dr. Ariel Ostad, Define Beauty On Your Own Terms (2017)
The Bonus of Happiness
Joy at heart release endorphins and neurotransmitters which is able to reduce inflammation in the body and skin, which also increases blood flow to the face and consequently gives you a glow in your skin.
6 Ways to Lower Cortisol (the Belly Fat Hormone) by Dr. Eric Berg DC