Between work projects and social obligations, your stress-meter may be at an all-time high. This spurs your body’s production of cortisol, triggering cravings for sugary foods. And a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that it may also heighten levels of gherlin. To keep your stress level in check, remember to schedule in some downtime into your busy day. Feeling like you’re about to blow your lid? Take a few deep breaths. Julie Chen, M.D., a San Jose, CA-based integrative medicine physician, recommends this technique: Breathe in for a count of four, then breathe out for a count of eight. Repeat for a few minutes.
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