HOW MUCH STRESS CAN THE BODY TAKE?

The adrenal hormones Cortisol and DHEA are steroids produced in the adrenal cortex, actively involved in the body’s development, growth, immune response and cardio-vascular function.

They affect carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism, serve as anti-imflammatory agents, modulate thyroid function and increase resistance to STRESS, thus, changing amounts of DHEA and Cortisol may signal important alterations in adrenal function that can profoundly affect an individual’s energy levels, emotional state, disease resistance and general sense of well-being.

The adrenals have one of the highest blood flow rates of any tissue in the body, so the hormones they produce can trigger reactions in all parts of the body.

Cortisol levels rise dramatically with STRESS, prolonging your body’s “fight or flight’ response.   If your body is producing too much or too little Cortisol, you may feel some of the following symptoms:

WEAKNESS AND FATIGUE  –  Cortisol imbalances can throw off balance the body’s sugar metabolism making you feel weak, tired and run-down.   Too much Cortisol can also interfere with sleep patterns and produce a “wakeful” unrelaxing sleep state, so you may feel worn out even after a full night’s sleep.

JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN  –  Excess Cortisol in the blood- stream accelerates the breakdown of body tissue and prevents  proper tissue repair, leading to muscle and joint injuries and chronic pain.

OBESITY  –  Cortisol imbalances can stimulate fat deposits in various parts of the body, resulting in weight gains in the trunk, chest, neck and face.

POOR SKIN  –  High levels of Cortisol can reduce the skin’s ability to regenerate, resulting in an unhealthy appearance of the skin.

Over time, Cortisol imbalances can take a heavy toll on your health,  wearing down your immune system, triggering premature aging and setting the stage for chronic illness.   Anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, AIDS, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and chronic joint/muscle pain have all been linked with elevated Cortisol.

 

 

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