In the not too distant future, I think portable sensors will be able to detect changes in stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline in real time. You will be able to place an invisible label on your wrist, open an application on the phone, and see how the burger you just ate, or the conversation he had yesterday, affects their response to stress. When that happens, the gray area will become very black and white. Even when we have that technology yet, the connection points between knowing your hormone levels and change their behavior will be to understanding how hormones affect your body and your life.
Here are 10 concrete ways stress is potentially the most dangerous toxins that your body faces every day.
1. Stress gene expression changes.
The chemicals that the body produces when the voltage on or off the genes that change everything from the amount of fat is stored, how well it works is under turn their immune system, how quickly they age, whether or not you will develop cancer.
2. The first events of life determine your set point for stress.
Research shows that events of early childhood, even very “set” of his CRH or CRH, a high or low level. CRH is like the foot on the accelerator turning your adrenals, and therefore their stress levels.
3. Stress causes brain damage.
High levels of stress hormones damage the critical parts of the brain such as the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. One reason people experience “adrenal exhaustion” after long-term chronic stress, is because the brain, in order to save himself, adrenal glands off.
4. Stress immune system shuts down and increases inflammation.
Deceleration wound healing, to lower the protective effects of vaccines to increase their susceptibility to infections, stress is the last immuno-modulator. Stress can also reactivate latent infections -. People who get cold sores know from experience
5. Chronic stress damages power plants energy from your body, your mitochondria.
These plants produce energy ATP, the currency through which all cells and organs in your body do their work. The good news is that this damage is reversible with time, since stress disappears.
6. Stress reduces your ability to metabolize and detoxify.
Studies have shown that the activity of hundreds of genes for enzymes that break down fats and detoxify prescription drugs, are adversely affected by stress. Stress can also increase your load of toxins by increasing your desire for high fat, foods with high sugar content.
7. Your cardiovascular system responds to stress by increasing cardiac output if you have to escape from a tiger.
But chronic stress has been shown to increase the thickness of the walls of the arteries, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease.
8. Stress messes with their sex hormones.
Stress increases the amount of something called globulin, the school bus that carries testosterone and estrogen around your sex hormone-binding body, which means less of these hormones are available to the cells. Chronic stress also increases the production of cortisol, which leads to something called “cortisol steal” where they produce less sex hormones.
9. Stress is bad for bones and muscles.
There is no evidence that higher levels of stress are associated with lower bone mineral density, and many studies show that people under chronic stress pain of the physical experience.
10. The gut and stress are closely intertwined.
You may have heard that 95% of serotonin is in your gut, and can remember a time when you were nervous or sad, and her stomach was in knots.
However, more research is showing how stress affects your bowel function everyday. traffic slows down, leading to constipation and the re-circulation of hormones such as estrogen through the liver. Increases overgrowth of bad bacteria. And the barriers between the cells lining the intestine is loosened, creating something called leaky gut, which then leads to inflammation, food sensitivities and autoimmune disease yet.
OK, so now that you know how stress affects your body, what to do about it becomes the real issue. Enter functional medicine, where we look at the body as an interconnected array. then we recommend ways to modify and support every aspect of the matrix, so the system back into balance.
If this is your life are waiting for you to improve, I recommend you find a doctor who specializes in functional medicine that can help you bring your body in balance.