Produced by your adrenal glands, the stress hormone cortisol helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system in a sudden crisis, whether from a physical attack or an emotional setback. Though it means well, cortisol just doesn’t know when to quit. When not needed, cortisol can alter the nervous system, immune responses, and fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism rates.
Last week, we determined that stress wreaks havoc on our health. Now it’s time to start at square one: Identifying your stress triggers.
What symptoms of stress do you feel in your body? Headaches, digestive issues, muscle tension, low energy?
Stress comes in all shapes and sizes: drivers who don’t use their turn signal, kids throwing temper-tantrums, an overloaded (and ever growing) inbox – just to name a few. Moreover, the same experiences that stress you out may roll off someone else’s back.
Contrary to popular belief, we’ve already found the secret to youth. While it’s not broadcast on TV or trending on social media, the answer is simple: Exercise! No creams, procedures, (or wishful thinking), can do for your body what a good workout does.
With so many ways to manage your health, sometimes adopting a “healthy lifestyle” can seem overwhelming. If there’s one change you have time to make, it’s this: Shift to a whole-foods, plant-based approach to eating. This is the most impactful way to turn back the clock and extend your health span!