By Cliff Smith
Stress is the body’s response to an abnormal, challenging, or demanding life event. When faced with a stressor, your body releases hormones, namely adrenaline and cortisol, to help you overcome the event. Some stress is positive, such as the acute stress that occurs when trying to meet a deadline, slamming on the brakes to avoid a car accident, or quickening your pace to cross a finish line. This stress helps you accomplish goals and adapt quickly to situations.
Negative, or long-term (chronic) stress, occurs when faced with issues such as financial problems, trouble at work, loneliness, or troubled relationships. Your body remains alert, continuing to release stress hormones even though there’s no danger. This is the stress that can lead to serious health problems.
30% of U.S. adults say stress strongly impacts their physical health; 33 percent say it strongly impacts their mental health. According to the American Heart Association, “Stress may indirectly influence cardiovascular health through high blood pressure as well as unhealthy behaviors, including overeating and smoking."
"Chronic stress is also associated with painful gastrointestinal issues. According to research, some patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) show abnormal levels of cortisol and cortisol-stimulating hormones. People with IBS are also more likely to suffer from stress-related psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression."
In order for appropriate amounts of cortisol to be made, the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands must be functioning properly. This is why we use totally natural herbal supplements that nourish the neurotransmitters of the brain and central nervous system to promote mental, physical, and emotional balance. These herbal supplements help reduce stress so that you can think more clearly while enjoying a greater overall sense of well-being.