Physiologic changes that occur as a result of holding poses such as "the superman pose" are LOWERED CORTISOL and INCREASED TESTOSTERONE. These are wonderful changes that also occur as a result of stress reduction, and result in a list of health benefits! Therefore, I am sharing the results to help you improve your health, and you may also find a boost in your self confidence along the way!
The TED talk called "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are" by Amy Cuddy describes her research as a way of promoting confidence and career success, useful for interview or presentation preparation.
Before you even get to the video, take TWO minutes now to STRIKE A POSE, and improve your health!
|Link to Amy Cuddy's video is above|
Abnormally low levels of testosterone can lead to decreased physical endurance and memory capacity, loss of libido, drop in sperm count, loss of bone density, obesity, and depression.
High cortisol levels increase your risk for heart attack, decrease immunity, and more. Cortisol is in fact called a "stress hormone", so you can imagine decreasing your levels would be helpful.
You can bring down your cortisol levels by not consuming meat, as well as prevent the meat-induced reduction in testosterone that normally occurs after eating meat.
Dr Greger and nutritionfact.org have a recent video that discusses these hormonal responses to diet, which affect everyone and are especially powerful for pregnant women whose diets affect their children's response to stress long after they are out of the womb.
Maternal Diet May Affect Stress Response in Children
Please note that along with each nutritionfacts.org video, there is a link to "View Transcript" of the video, as well as a complete list of "Sources Cited". I adore this organization!