Can Stress Make You Crave Foods?


Eric Bakker, Naturopath from New Zealand. Thanks for coming back and thanks for looking
at another one of my videos, yet another. You guys must be sick of all these videos
by now. There’s probably over 1,500 on YouTube with
my face on them. It’s awful, isn’t it? Anyway, you here for the information. Let’s talk about stress. Let’s talk about eating. Let’s talk about sugar. So I love reading studies and I looked at
an interesting study on PubMed. You can look this one up, there’ll be the
link in the description box below regarding this study and it was published in 2001, San
Francisco, USA, I think that’s on the west coast, involving 59 premenopausal women. So what they did, they selected for this study
59 women. They were not in menopause yet. They were younger than that. And what they did basically exposed these
people to stress on a certain day. And then they had another day called a control
day where they exposed them to, well not really stress, probably watching, I don’t know, crazy
cat videos or something. But they had a stressful day and then non-stressful
day, and then what they did is they watched these group of ladies, what kind of calories
they were consuming on the days when they’re exposed to higher stress. So on those particular days they found a cortisol
spike with some women in particular, a very high spike. So some people are reactors, some people are
super reactors, and some people are low reactors. Meaning, if you and I are walking down the
street and a glass, well let’s say a window got broken on the sidewalk, one person next
to me would be screaming, one would look around and laugh, and the other one would keep on
walking and say, “Don’t worry about it.” So remember, it’s not the stress, it’s how
you react or respond to the stress that makes the difference physiologically with you. Okay? That can make a big difference between triggering
a high cortisol release, or a moderate, or low cortisol release is your reaction. All right? So they found the women with the highest cortisol
spikes on the stress days in the study, had the highest calorie consumption, mainly sweet
foods, compared to the women who had the lowest cortisol spikes. And when they compared the stress days with
the control days, they found a remarkable difference in the calories consumed on the
stressful days across the board with women, when they compared to the control days. So what we can learn from this is it’s the
events that occur in our life that can trigger responses in our body, which can push us to
want to go and eat sweet stuff. All right? So there’s no doubt about it. People who are stressed and highly stressed
often make the wrong call. They eat sweet foods, they drink soda drinks. So have a look at ways of reducing stress
in your life and minimizing how stress impacts. You can’t stop stress, but what you can do
is minimize how it affects your health. All right? By compartmentalizing it, by finding ways
to relax a lot more in your life, not letting people in particular wind you up like a clock. Because some people are like that. They just love to push buttons and wind people
up. So just remember that cortisol, or the stress
hormone, has got very high predictive values in terms also of obesity, and of heart attacks,
and diabetes, and many diseases. Most people who end up in the emergency room
with chest pain have got very high cortisol. So did the cortisol drive them there? Was the cortisol responsible also for pushing
them into a cardiac arrest? Who knows? The point I’m trying to drive home with this
video is understand the relationship with stress and poor health, particularly stress
and obesity. Okay? That’s a big one. Don’t forget, click on the link in the box
if you want my free candida report. Thanks for watching the video.

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