What do stress hormones do to our body

Different stress hormones play different roles with the body

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Did you know that all the stress that you experience happens due to the stress hormones that is released by the body. The hormones that are released by the body during stressful or exciting situations can have a negative impact on the body. This means that it is important to keep these hormones in control and for this you need to avoid stress and practice stress management activities.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life and the factors that are responsible include financial, social or family issues. These three major stress hormones are in charge of adding fuel to the fire of adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. The adrenaline is also known as the fight or flight hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands after receiving a message from the brain. When this mixes with norepinephrine, it is responsible for the immediate actions that we take under stressful situations.

This makes you sweat, breathe faster and also stimulates muscle tension. Adrenaline also gives you a boost of energy when you need to escape some dangerous situations. It increases the blood pressure and heart rate. Cortisol is released to concentrate on the stressful situation and is known as the stress hormone. It helps to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure that can also be life saving. But there are also harmful effects of Cortisol. It affects immunity, growth and digestion but too much of it can also increase blood pressure.

Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline that is released from adrenal glands and the brain. It helps you to stay more aware, focused and responsive. It shifts the blood flow from the less crucial areas like skin to the places where the blood is more essential during that time. This way you can escape the situation. All the stress hormones play an important role with the body and respond differently at different situations. It is essential to be happy and healthy in order to keep these hormones balanced.

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