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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:09 pm    Post subject: Does stress cause wrinkles? Reply with quote

Does stress cause wrinkles?

The answer appears to be "yes".

Most people know that stress causes you to age faster. But most people don't know why it causes you to age faster.

The main culprit is probably cortisol, your body's primary stress hormone.
Cortisol is catabolic, in that it breaks down muscle tissue, to convert it to sugar, so as to provide you with extra energy, so that you can function more effectively during a time of crisis, or even during a stressful event that's not life-threatening, such as public speaking;if that stresses you out.

That's why cortisol has become known as the "kiss of death" for bodybuilders.

And cortisol doesn't just break down muscle tissue. Cortisol also breaks down bone tissue (making you more prone to osteoporosis) and brain tissue (making you more prone to dementia).

And cortisol also breaks down collagen, including in your skin. I've even read that cortisol breaks down collagen in your skin 10 times faster than it does collagen in any other part of your body.

So if younger, better-looking skin is one of your priorities, keeping your primary stress hormone under control should be one of your priorities too. Unless you have a rare disease like Addison's, which involves having cortisol levels that are too low.

Hence, I've written an article about "42 ways to lower cortisol levels naturally", with links to scientific studies. I can't post the article on here, of course. And some of them may not be for die-hard moralists.

But it's good to know that there are that many ways to lower excess amounts of cortisol naturally, and thus help to prevent wrinkles, and promote younger, better-looking skin.
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thenewyou



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Anyone concerned about developing wrinkles or other signs of aging would certainly be advised to practice a healthy lifestyle, which would include keeping stress levels under control. Seek a professional skin specialist for the same
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jamesherried



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thenewyou wrote:
Yes, Anyone concerned about developing wrinkles or other signs of aging would certainly be advised to practice a healthy lifestyle, which would include keeping stress levels under control. Seek a professional skin specialist for the same


The problem is that most professional skincare specialists wouldn't know the 42 ways to lower cortisol levels naturally; simply because most of them they haven't researched the topic to that extent.

Furthermore, it's not just "stress" per se that you have to keep under control. More specifically, it's also "cortisol" that you have to keep under control.

And although avoiding and eliminating useless, unnecessary stress from your life is important, there are times when stress is unavoidable; and so too is the surge in cortisol, that can damage your skin, and other organs.

For example, what if you're taking a college course, where you have to do a lot of public speaking? And what if public speaking stresses you out, and makes you really nervous?

Well, a German study,which subjected participants to public speaking activities, showed that taking 3,000 mg of vitamin C a day lowered cortisol levels significantly, compared with those who didn't take any vitamin C.

So in that study, they didn't eliminate the "stressor"; which in this case was a psychological one. They couldn't, because the stressor (public speaking) was part of the study.

What they did was they lowered the "cortisol" levels, by administering the vitamin C.

Similarly, studies have been done showing that when vitamin C is given to marathon runners, in doses of 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 1500 mg per day, it lowered their cortisol levels significantly, compared with those marathon runners who didn't take any vitamin C.

And it was found that the more vitamin C they gave the runners, the more effective it was at lowering their cortisol levels.

And again, those studies didn't eliminate the "stressor", which in this case was a physical one (running a marathon). They couldn't, because running a marathon was an essential part of the study. They used vitamin C to lower "cortisol" levels, which otherwise would have risen, as a result of having to deal with the stressor.

So basically, there are 3 ways you can keep cortisol levels from rising unnecessarily:

1) you can eliminate or avoid the stressor entirely, if possible

2) you can develop a different mindset or attitude toward the stressor, so that it doesn't have a negative effective on you emotionally

3) you can take supplements such as vitamin C or Rhodiola rosea; or do things such as "deep, diaphragmatic breathing", meditate, listen to relaxing music, avoid caffeine, etc., all of which have been to shown to keep cortisol levels from rising, when you're dealing with a stressor

Also, note that strategy #2 works only for "psychological" stressors, such as giving a public speech (if that stresses you out).

I don't believe it would work for "physical" stressors, however; such as running a marathon.
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