What is stress?
Essentially stress is our bodies natural reaction to fear. It is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to some form of fear. It is commonly known as our fight or flight mode response. The cortisol is produced to help us either stand up and fight or helps us to run away really quick. Its that boost of adrenaline. Unfortunately in our modern times, this mechanism is in play everyday. We are constantly in some form of fear or stress mode and our bodies are constantly producing cortisol.
This is not good if we are not using it. If it goes unused the cortisol stays in our blood and wreaks havoc in our mind and body.
Elevated cortisol levels interfere with our learning ability, our memory, it lowers immune function, reduces bone density, increases weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and it also increases the risk for depression, mental illness and lowers life expectancy.