Life Extension's Dr. Stacey Nottingham appears on The SUZANNE Show this week on Lifetime Television

Oct 30, 2012, 14:28 ET from The SUZANNE Show

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Stacey Nottingham from Life Extension, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla-based organization dedicated to the extension of the healthy human lifespan, appears on The SUZANNE Show this week to discuss the relationship between stress and belly fat.  Her appearance, which is one in a series devoted to healthy eating and longevity, airs Wednesday, October 31, at 7 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television.

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Most people are acutely aware of stress in their life, especially when it comes to events like moving, ending a relationship, or mourning a loved one's passing.  But it is the everyday pressures of life that can have the most profound effect on our health since stressful experiences trigger significant hormonal reactions.

"Stress triggers adrenaline and cortisol," Dr. Nottingham says.  "We've all probably felt the 'rush' of adrenaline during a dangerous situation, but cortisol is a little less known.  Cortisol gives us energy for fight or flight, but also triggers the body to replenish the energy it just used."

Essentially, cortisol makes us hungry for easy energy sources like simple sugars and carbohydrates – foods that quickly replenish energy stores but also contribute directly to the accumulation of belly fat.  Cortisol also stops the hormone leptin from performing the important job of telling our bodies that we are "full."

To combat stress, Dr. Nottingham recommends relaxation techniques and hobbies to unwind and ease the mind.  She also encourages healthy eating and natural supplementation to help in the process of relaxation.  Life Extension has created a supplement called Natural Stress Relief specifically for this purpose that contains L-Theanine and lemon balm.  For more information visit

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