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Stress Hormones Run This Show

There are two major stress hormones: cortisol and epinephrine.

When we feel any kind of stress, for instance from being late to an event or from  being in a plane crash, the body releases cortisol. Cortisol is released by our adrenal system, which manages several hormones. It also manages epinephrine, which is the other major stress hormone. Every time the body releases cortisol in a minor stress situation, it is completely useless, yet it gives us a rush, a feeling of risk, fear, urge and later a crash. The more cortisol released, the less resilience our body has, and the more tired we are. As you can see, no good comes from that, but you already knew this.

What maybe you didn’t know is that all these daily small cortisol releases get trapped in our fatty and muscle tissues. They keep reminding our brain that there is cortisol in our body, creating something called “cortisol resistance”. Cortisol resistance is when our body can no longer distinguish if it is stressed or not because for our body “you are stressed since there is cortisol in your tissues.” The body simply feels the effects of stress all the time. Cortisol goes to work by weakening every organ and tissue in our body, it doesn’t leave anything out. The problem with stress or cortisol resistance is that often it appears as something else like anxiety, depression, or phobias. If you think you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, ask for help. We can’t do everything on our own.

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