Learn More About Stress

When we feel stress, the body responds as though we are being chased by a lion. It jumps into a ‘fight-or-flight’ state and releases a cocktail of hor-mones from the adrenal glands, including cortisol and adrenaline.

These hormones redirect blood flow to large muscle groups, increase our breathing and heart rate, and give us a boost of energy. This response is meant to help us survive during times of stress.

Symptoms of Stress:

  • Increased our risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke
  • Indigestion
  • Heart burn
  • Bloating
  • Suppresses the immune system
  • Suppresses sleep
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
  • Brain fog, poor memory and difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue, anxiety, depression, and difficulty coping with stress
  • Can trigger flare-ups of digestive conditions like IBD and IBS

Lifestyle changes:

  • Self-care - Build an activity into your weekly routine and make it a priority. Walk, getting a massage, or seeing a friend
  • Recognize stressors
  • Breathe: Deep breaths force your body back into rest-and-digest and helps us to feel calm
  • Meditate
  • Prioritize sleep
  • Counselling, Consider seeking out professional help
  • Gentle exercise
  • Keep blood sugar stable

The most important way to reduce cortisol and minimize these fight-or-flight reactions is to reduce stress. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, so supplementation can help your body cope with stress more effectively.

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