THIS HORMONE CAN HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ON YOUR HORMONE BALANCE
In modern day life, you are exposed to lots of sensory lights such as lights in your home, fluorescent lights in the work place, blue light from televisions, mobiles, ipads, laptops etc.
We are living in an environment with more toxins than ever before, there are lots of demands placed on us day in day out in the home and at work and your stress levels are higher than ever.
There seems to be a bombardment of life, noise, work etc that’s never ending. When do you find the time to relax and unwind anymore!
You have a sympathetic system which is your “fight or flight” part of your nervous system. When this system is triggered, your body thinks you are in danger and you need to get away from that danger.
This is your “stress mode” which has just been switched on.
When stress mode is switched on, you will have some of these symptoms:-
You will feel more tense
Your heart rate goes up
Your pupils dilate
Your muscles contract
Your saliva production reduces
Your digestion is impaired and doesn’t work very well
More glycogen is converted to glucose and released into your bloodstream
Your immune system can also be lowered over time if your stress levels stay high
It is important that this stress mode is switched on and off again periodically during day to day stress which everyone experiences such as being late or getting a project finished on time at work. This is classed as a normal kind of stress and your body can handle this type of stress without it having a long term effect on your health and hormone health.
It is when stress levels are increased and you are constantly running round all over the place without catching your breath or taking a break, that the problems can start to occur.
PARA SYMPATHETIC SYSTEM
You also have a parasympathetic system which is the ‘rest and digest’ part of your nervous system.
When this system is activated, you will be feeling:-
Relaxed and calm as your heart rate drops
You can digest your food as digestive enzymes are released and you can get rid of toxins correctly
The parasympathetic system is responsible for controlling homeostasis which means the balance and maintenance of the body’s systems. This goes on to maintain long term health, improve digestion and conserve energy. It restores the body to a state of calm and allows it to relax and repair.
Both parts of your nervous system are important, but if overstimulation occurs of your sympathetic nervous system, then cortisol will be increased.
If cortisol is increased for a long period of time, you can start to feel:-
Have food cravings
Want to eat more
Not be able to sleep well
Increase your body fat
Low levels of immunity so you can get sick more often,
Your risk of heart disease or stroke increases
Your bone density decreases
You age quicker and your skin ages quicker
You lose muscle tone and strength
Your hormones will go out of balance
Over time, with the increased cortisol levels, it starts to affect your DHEA levels.
DHEA is your calming hormone so now you will feel more hyper and alert. Your body will hold onto your belly fat and decrease your growth hormone production.
Your body is now in survival mode not growth mode.
This is why it is so important to learn to relax at some part of your day every day. You can help your body to relax and reduce stress by taking some time out for yourself every day by doing something that you know will relax you. It can be different for lots of people, you could have a mineral salt bath, read a book, take a 30 minute walk, deep breathing, meditation etc.
I certainly recommend practicing deep breathing and doing this a few times during the day to check in with your stress levels.
Sit quietly and close your eyes if you can. Breathe in for a count of 7 deep in your belly (or however long you can do), hold it and then release for a count of 7. Try to do 10 to 15 rounds of this deep breathing a few times during your day. You could set an alarm on your phone to do this.
It is so important to do this and I can’t emphasize it enough that everyone should be making it a normal part of their day to relax more and reduce stress as much as possible.
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