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Feeling Tired, Fat and UnSexy?

By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler
Pioneer Brain/Mind Researcher

Many today are complaining of feeling sad and tired, struggling with weight gains, and suffering from low sex drives. There's one common culprit behind all of this -- Stress!.

Here’s how it works: When you are mentally or physically stressed, your adrenal glands create a natural hormone called cortisol. Cortisol has an enormous effect on all of the systems of your body.

Feeling Tired?
If your cortisol is too high or too low, the chemistry of your brain is altered. Stress-related cortisol imbalances cause fatigue in several ways.

* Because cortisol is designed to keep you alert in times of stress, it can cause insomnia and resulting chronic tiredness.
* Your adrenal glands can become exhausted from the constant demands placed on them to produce endless amounts of cortisol. They then produce too little cortisol – which results in chronic fatigue.

Gaining Weight?
The excess cortisol caused by stress causes your blood sugar levels to fluctuate. Since the brain’s primary fuel is sugar (glucose), any imbalance in blood sugar will cause you to crave sweets and carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potatoes, and pastries.

Sound familiar? This is the source of “stress eating.”

Plus when your adrenal glands are busy pumping out cortisol in response to stress, they can’t adequately fulfill some of their other functions. For example: Stressed adrenals can’t produce aldosterone – a hormone that regulates your body’s mineral content. This means you might be low on magnesium, which will cause you to crave chocolate ... or salt in the form of chips, olives, or other salty processed foods.

Got a Low Sex Drive?
Unbalanced cortisol levels lead straight to a lower level of sexual energy, desire, and performance. There are several reasons for this.

Because your adrenal glands are so consumed with making cortisol, they will either get lazy about producing sex hormones -- or your production of sex hormones will become suppressed because sex and the survival-related "fight-or-flight" response don’t go together very well (and survival will always come first).

If your body is in a chronic stress response mode, stopping to have sex is unlikely. Stress prepares your body to fight or run, not make love! And since unbalanced cortisol levels can also cause insomnia, depression, and fatigue – the likelihood of feeling perky and sexy is also pretty slim.

The Common Solution
The sources of stress in your life are unlikely to simply go away. That is a fact. But if you ARE feeling tired, fat and unsexy – there is something you CAN do. The Quantum Brain Gym is packed full of proven-effective immediate solutions to bust your stress, and help your brain learn to manage it more effectively.

These enjoyable solutions are as close as your computer – and can perk up your brain cells, and help you control stress so you can break that painful "fat, tired and unsexy cycle." Come get relaxed, lean and sexy.

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
~~ Albert Einstein

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