The Physiology of stress

The body has a natural response to stress, and according to Canadian MD Peter Hanson this is the path the body follows;

Release of cortisone from the adrenal glands.dont let stress bring you undone
- over time cortisone breaks down the body's resistence to illness.

Thyroid hormone increases in the bloodstream to provide additional energy.
- this can lead to shaky nerves, insomnia and burn-out.

Endorphin, a natural pain killer, is released by the hypothalamus gland.
- with chronic stress, endorphine levels drop, resulting in backaches and migraine.

 Reduction of sex hormones.
- libido and sexual activity diminish.

 Blood is diverted from the digestive tract to the muscles.
- this can cause the digestive tract to shut down, diarrhoea and nausea can result.

Release of sugar and increased level of insulin into the bloodstream for energy.
- this can lead to hypoglycaemia.

 An increase of cholesterol in the blood from the liver as another source of energy.
- too much cholesterol can lead to hardening of the arteries.

An increased heart rate, ie: more movement of blood through the body.
- can lead to high blood pressure with chronic or long-term stress.

Increased air supply.

Thickening of the blood.
-the thicker the blood the more susceptible a person is to heart attack.

Blanching or whitening of the skin.
- looking and feeling stressed doesn’t improve anything.

Enhancement of the functions of the five senses.
- excessive stress can lead to burnout which eventually dulls the senses.

Reading all of that highlights just how important it is to NOT let yourself go into ' stress mode' doesn't it!



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