Cortisol, a Dangerous Hormone
The Mayo Clinic states that “the long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes”.
This puts you at increased risk of many health issues, including:
- Heart Problems
- Digestive problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Changes in memory
- Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema
- Depressed immune system
Cortisol is a hormone that is released in response to stress. Too much cortisol or overexposure for a long period of time will lead to a chronic stress response.
What Is Chronic Stress Response?
Our bodies are designed to deal with stress for a short time. This is what’s known as the fight or flight response, which is there to help us fight off a lion or run away from it.
But when an initial stress reaction becomes a chronic stress response, that’s when we run into problems.
According to Wikipedia, “Chronic stress is the response to emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives he or she has no control.”
High-stress jobs, traffic, poor diet, lack of exercise, and an inability to unplug and relax has led to the chronic stress response becoming the norm rather than the exception in our society.
In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90% of doctor’s visits are for conditions in which stress at least plays a role!”
3 Natural Ways to Decrease Stress Hormones
Here are 3 of the best:
Massage therapy has been shown to significantly improve hormone balance. The International Journal of Neuroscience analyzed a large amount of data associated with massage therapy and stress. They found significant decreases in bad stress hormones such as cortisol (average decrease of 31%) with people who regularly receive massage therapy.
And good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which have been shown to decrease the chronic stress response were found to increase due to massage. The average increase was 28% for serotonin and an average increase of 31% for dopamine.
The study authors concluded, “these studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.”
Chiropractic adjustments do a lot more than just help with back problems. Chiropractic care, like that offered by Aligned Modern Health, improves joint range of motion, mobility, flexibility, and posture.
Chiropractic care has also been shown to positively influence stress hormones. Dramatic decreases of cortisol levels and improved immune system function has been noted in research into chiropractic.
This improvement in stress hormones allows your body to better adapt to your daily stresses.
When was the last time you exercised?
Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Many people report they just feel better if they are regularly exercising. That’s because exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, such as serotonin and dopamine. These good hormones are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.
So now is the time to apply these stress-reducing behaviors and watch the effects in your own life.