Hans Salie stated in his seminal work:“The Stress of Life,” that our body has the same chemical reaction to losing a million dollars as it has to winning a million dollars.
In other words, stress is stress no matter where it comes from. The problem with it is when it becomes chronic and when we feel powerless to do anything about it.
Today’s blog is not about how to change your life so you have less stress, but what that stress if not dealt with properly can do to your hormone balance.
Above I think this picture explains it very nicely and simply. The adrenal gland is responsible for releasing a hormone in response to any type of stress. When a stressful situation comes up your brain sends a message to this gland saying produce your stress hormone so we can deal with this stressful situation.
Normally once the stress goes away your brain sends another message saying everything is ok so you don’t need to produce the stress hormone.
But what happens when the stress doesn’t go away? The brain keeps sending the stress message and eventually the balance between these hormone producing glands becomes skewed. The production of sex hormones becomes reduced and you become less interested in sex of have less drive or zest for life.
Or your thyroid gland gets affected and you are tired all the time, or you can lose weight, but you can lose hair.
What can make this even worse many times when we are under chronic stress your body wants to eat and it wants to eat carbohydrates, like cookies, cake and ice cream. That is because the stress hormone cortisol is related to the sugar hormone insulin. I talked about this in a previous blog post.
The high insulin signals to your brain that you need more glucose. Thus the sugary snakes.
This further causes the carbohydrate to be stored as fat because the body doesn’t have room for the glucose. Because your insulin is high your body just wants to use glucose so the sugar that was turned into fat is not used, but your body wants you to eat more sugar.
Eventually your body doesn’t know how to burn the fat anymore and you get what is called Leptin resistance.
That is just one of the many consequences of not dealing with chronic stress. If you need help with your stress and hormones we might be able to help. E-mail or give us a call: 978-369-707 or email@example.com