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What is Stress?
Stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.
Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Any type of challenge, such as performance at work or school, a significant life change, or a traumatic event, can be stressful.
We all feel stressed at some time. But how does this stress affect our overall health? And how can we manage it better?
Stress can affect your health. It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stressors, and learn how to manage and improve on them.
Stress causes an increase of cortisol, the bodys literal stress hormone. This hormone is actually very important. It helps us get up in the morning, it turns on our fight or flight response when needed, and makes us more alert. The thing is too much can be bad!
Too much stress can cause an overload of cortisol, causing you to feel wired but tired at night preventing restful sleep, increased appetite specifically carb/sugar cravings, promote a lower metabolic rate and promote belly fat storage. Increased cortisol can even cause chemical changes in the brain resulting in higher levels of anxiety and depression which has been shown to have a domino effect causing digestive changes in the GI tract. Chronic stress can even prevent muscle recovery, fat burn, disrupt your sleep, decrease your immune system, cause acne, irregular periods and the list honestly goes on!
Coping with the impact of chronic stress is the hard part. Long-term stress or chronic stress is more constant than acute stress, so the body never receives a break or opportunity to return to normal functioning. With chronic stress, everyday internal functions that we need in the body to live and be healthy can disturb the immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, and reproductive systems. Some people may experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger, or irritability. Effects of stress can be very individualized.
Over time, continued strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Our adrenal glands produce stress hormones (such as cortisol), and can quickly become imbalanced with chronic stress. That’s where the adaptogens in Stress Aid come in—research indicates that adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Schisandr and Rhodiola help improve adrenal gland function and boost your body’s natural stress response. You can learn more about the scientifically studied stain of Ashwagandha we have in our Stress Aid in the article “Decrease Stress & Anxiety with this 1 Ingredient”
The 3 proven adaptogens found in Stress Aid help your body to balance out your stress hormones and literally take a chill pill to breath, rest and stop feeling on edge!