Help Save Your Brain From Chronic Stress

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Your brain needs you. Even at this very moment, your brain is under duress or, at least it is, if chronic stress is a part of your life. Stress is dangerous. It affects every aspect of your health but, it also has a surprisingly dark impact on the health and function of your brain too. There is something that can help combat the perils of stress, are you ready? 

chronic stress

Chronic stress

It’s hard to imagine that something that occurs on a daily basis could have such a negative impact on health but, chronic stress is a killer, there’s no doubt about it. It makes you vulnerable to so many health conditions and, although you don’t notice the decline in health immediately, let’s be honest, do you really want to take the risk?

It is very important to try to manage the amount of stress in your life and to deal with issues as and when they arise and to do this you need to understand what happens. There are two types of stress – acute and chronic. Acute stress usually occurs and dissipates quickly and, there are no long-lasting issues. Once any situation has diminished, you breathe a sigh of relief and then, life goes back to normal. Chronic stress has a much more sinister effect on life. 

Chronic stress and cortisol

chronic stress

Cortisol is dangerous. When you experience chronic stress, cortisol floods your body and, it stays there. It impacts the adrenal glands and leaves you feeling depleted of energy, but, it impacts your brain too. Cortisol infiltrates so many aspects of health such as your digestive system or, it creates hormonal imbalances. You may start to put on weight unexpectedly, or, realize you have diabetes, a thyroid disease or, the onset of heart disease. Yes, cortisol and chronic stress can play havoc with health. 

The stress effect on your brain

Chronic stress impacts the function of your brain and, it can even impact DNA. Of course, this happens gradually so is unnoticeable at first. Eventually, the negative side-effects are revealed. 

Stress creates free radicals

Cortisol creates glutamate –  a neurotransmitter responsible for the creation of free radicals. These are unattached oxygen molecules, but they attack the cells of your brain. They may impact the walls of the brain cells and by doing so, the cells rupture and then, die.

Stress escalates anxiety levels

There’s a part of your brain called the amygdala – this is the fear center within the brain.  When you are feeling stressed consistently, the amygdala increases in size, activity is boosted along with neural connections. As a result, your sense of anxiety and fearfulness will increase dramatically. Learning to offset feelings of anxiety is essential otherwise, it can escalate and panic attacks may become the norm. 

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