5 Ways Stress Hormones Control Your Body

There are 3 very powerful hormones your body produces when you’re under stress. And when produced in a short burst, they’re tremendously helpful.

But, when you’re under continuous stress that just doesn’t seem to let up, they have a completely different effect on what happens to you.

For instance, did you know that stress hormones can have a powerful effect on your blood and how it regulates itself? This is of extreme importance to a particular group of people who constantly struggle with this problem. We’ll explain all that and why.

Or that one of the stress hormones can dramatically affect your heart and the chance of a stroke? We’ll tell you which one and what makes that happen.

We’ll also tell you what happens in your brain and the two key neurotransmitters that are affected that can throw you into depression if not controlled.

You’ll learn all that and more!

And you won’t have to spend hours researching the Internet trying to figure it out. We’ve done the work for you. It’s all in this special report!

Discover the impact stress hormones have that help you and what happens when they get out of control.

 

First let’s talk about 3 main stress hormones and what they do in the body.

Cortisol

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  • Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands

According to WebMD, in the short-term, the release of cortisol like other sequences of the fight or flight response makes you alert and can save you in various situations.

In the long-term, the continuous release of cortisol to chronically elevated levels can lead to a wide variety of serious health effects. 

 

Adrenaline

  • Adrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands in response to what your brain determines to be a stressor.

According to the American Institute of Stress, during fight or flight, adrenaline causes:

  • Sudden surge of energy
  • Increased heart rate
  • Concentrated focus on the stressor
  • Muscle tensing
  • Rapid hard breathing
  • Sweating

Norepinephrine

  • Norepinephrine is also released by the adrenal glands and its effects are similar to the adrenaline hormone.

Just like adrenaline, norepinephrine’s role is to create a state of arousal so the person under attack of stress can respond with intense focus and be acutely responsive.

 

Norepinephrine shifts blood flow away from insignificant parts of the body to those critical for survival (flight) such as the muscles. Norepinephrine is more of a secondary reaction, a back up to ensure survival in case the adrenal glands cannot release adrenaline.

 

Stress Hormones and Health

We know the implications that stress can have on our life, but understand less about the way stress hormones influence our health. This is understandable, as not all of us are inclined to learn the technical jargon behind medical sciences, but having a basic understanding of the way stress hormones can affect your body should be mandatory.

Think of it like this. You jump behind the wheel of a car, drive it fairly well, but then your engine overheats. What do you do at this time?