How Does Stress Affect My Body?
Stress-related ailments account for about 75-95% of all doctor’s visits, yet it goes mostly undiagnosed. There is no real medical treatment for stress!
Our bodies start pumping out the hormone cortisol when under stress or when we have low blood sugar. Cortisol is great for helping us respond to short bouts of stress (“fight or flight”), but prolonged cortisol release can cause side-effects, such as suppressed immunity, decreased digestive function, and decreased bone formation.
Symptoms of stress include low energy, low mood, foggy thinking, weight gain, insomnia, chronic inflammation, and chronic infections, which, over time, can lead to more serious diseases and conditions.
To get the quick energy boost we crave during stress, we turn to substances like caffeine and sugar. This is a bad cycle that actually lowers our ability to adapt to stress and traps us into poor dietary and lifestyle habits.
Don’t Let Stress Beat You
It’s hard to remove all forms of stress from our lives, but there are things you can do to improve your ability to cope with stress. You can feel energized, happier, and more focused by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
What changes do I need to make to de-stress?