In the wild, animals aren’t exposed to stress in the same way as we are.
For example, an animal chasing another for food will either kill it & the
stress ends, or the target escapes & again the stress ends.
Stress can be categorised in a number of different ways.
Eating poor quality foods
Gluten intolerance and other food reactions
Over the counter and recreational drugs
Over exposure to toxins such as plastics, metals, pesticides, preservatives.
Excessive exercise & even too little exercise
Mental and Emotional
Worries over money, job, security
Feeling lost in life etc.
When any of the above is going on in the body, it will produce cortisol. When we are under short term or severe stress, cortisol is a lifesaver, because it increases
blood pressure and diverts the body’s resources to the brain and muscles to help
our fight or flight reaction, but excessive cortisol can cause havoc in the body too and can cause stomach ulcers and the dreaded bug Helicobacter Pylori.
Prevention is better than cure, therefore awareness of what our body is telling us is very important, as is relaxation and meditation. So start today to listen to your body language and maybe check out a local relaxation/meditation class! After all, you deserve good health and wellbeing.