Stress is a natural part of life, but it can have negative effects on our health and wellbeing if it becomes chronic. When we experience stress, our body releases hormones that trigger the “fight or flight” response. This response is designed to help us deal with immediate threats, but it can be harmful if it is activated too frequently or for extended periods of time.

The main hormones involved in the stress response are cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol is released by the adrenal gland in response to stress, and it helps to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and the immune system. Adrenaline is also released by the adrenal gland and it helps to increase heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

When cortisol and adrenaline levels remain elevated for long periods of time, it can have negative effects on our health. For example, chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, and decreased immune function. It can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

In addition to cortisol and adrenaline, other hormones can be affected by chronic stress. For example, chronic stress can lead to imbalances in sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It can also affect thyroid hormones, which play a key role in metabolism and energy levels.

One way to manage stress and the effects it has on hormones is through lifestyle changes. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress and improve hormone balance. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of Vegetables, Protein and whole foods and minimizing processed and sugary foods can also help to regulate hormone levels. Getting enough sleep is important for hormone regulation, as sleep deprivation can increase cortisol levels and disrupt other hormones.

Another way to manage stress is through stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. These practices have been shown to lower cortisol levels and improve overall wellbeing. Seeking support from friends, family, or a health professional can also be helpful in managing chronic stress.

In conclusion, chronic stress can have negative effects on our hormones and overall health. By making lifestyle changes and practicing stress-reducing techniques, we can help to regulate our hormones and improve our wellbeing. It’s important to seek support if chronic stress is impacting your life, as it can have long-term effects on both physical and mental health.

In Health,

Dennis Wong, B.Sc. Pharm., FAARFM, CCN, ABAAHP, IFMCP