Stress and Elevated Cortisol Levels
The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in the brain are particularly vulnerable to cortisol and these negative effects:
Elevated cortisol causes a loss of neurons in the prefrontal cortex. Suppressed activity prevents a person from using their best judgment, making the best decisions, and planning for the future because the prefrontal cortex is required for our analytical thinking (problem-solving), emotional control and intelligence, verbal communication, and memory forming abilities.
Elevated cortisol also kills neurons in the hippocampus and disrupts the creation of new ones. It can weaken short-term memory and prevent a person from forming new memories properly. The hippocampus is part of the limbic system that directs many bodily functions, including emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory.
But that’s not all …
Impaired healing and cell regeneration
Disrupted digestion, mental function, and metabolism
Weakened ability to fight infection
Imbalances in other important hormones such as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
Hair and skin problems
Low sex drive
Weight gain (especially around the belly)
Elevated cortisol will also decrease serotonin, your happy hormone. This can lead to depression, cause more aggressive behavior, and make you feel agitated or angry.
Just like many things in life, we often have to take action to protect what we value. This includes relaxation and calmness, in a world of constant stressors.
Personally, I have found rest in Jesus Christ and spending time in the Word, which includes fighting the good fight of faith vs fear. In the natural, there are many things we can do.
Here a couple of easy things I personally incorporate into my life to support rest vs stress:
Eat clean and healthy, versus eating garbage which puts more stress on the body and creates inflammation (often in the gut, which also creates it in the brain). When stressed we often emotionally eat, and reach for sugar and carbs. Read 35 Reasons to Break Up with Sugar
Exercise – this takes finding time but will do wonders for your mental state. Get out in nature and take a walk, or one of my favorites, Cellercising.
Using specific essential oil blends that support moving the body from the sympathetic (stress state) to the parasympathetic state (rest) by targeting the longest nerve in the body, your vagus nerve, which runs from your brain to your gut and affects all your organs in between. The essential oil blend I use is called, Parasympathetic. In addition, we also use a blend called Adrenal. Simple and easy to use, and you can use these several times a day.
If you have any questions, Contact David.
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David spent over 27 years in the mortgage/real estate business. But 33 years ago, God re-directed his life and placed in him a passion for natural health and prevention of disease. Today, David is a certified health consultant, and for the last 33 years has lived a natural food lifestyle and discovered simple, key components for living a lifestyle of health and vitality. One of the early things David realized is that disease was NOT the result of a drug deficiency. And that everything we think, say, and consume or are exposed to in some manner or another either supports our cellular structures or causes them to age faster and breakdown.
David believes there is nothing more important than to live within God’s blueprint for one’s life. Each of us has been given specific gifts, talents, and purpose that are to be lived out on a foundation of faith in Him and His Word.
“It saddens me to see people suffering, frustrated, or discouraged with life … and fall into the rut of living, unable to reach their full potential: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. I think it’s also a travesty in this country people that are not educated in personal health care, nor in how to protect their privacy, assets, and often liberties. God has designed us to live amazing lives, and sometimes it just helps to find someone who will come alongside and provide the hope and direction needed at that moment. It’s about bringing together your personal and business aspirations into a balanced vision for your life, aligned with His Word.“
“Bottom line, what balance do you need to bring to your life, what type of life do you desire to create that enables you to be all you can be and live a life with no regret – a life that produces a faithful servant?”
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