Stress has a powerful impact on our physiology. It diminishes our mental faculties and affects our judgment and ability to focus. Physically, it takes a toll too: the immune system is weakened and both the reproductive and cardiovascular systems are at risk of being compromised.
Hormone treatment can help you to cope with stress and reduce its impact on your mind and body.
Speak to one of our experts today at (305) 400-0005 and find out what NuLife Institute can do to help reduce your stress levels.
You’ve Got Mail
Our bodies are designed to respond to stress with hormonal activity. Imagine you receive an email from your boss that doesn’t bode well. A number of hormones are engaged when you become stressed. Estrogen and testosterone as well as the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, all play a part in the process, but three hormones are the key players in our reaction to stress.
Adrenaline is produced by the adrenal glands upon receipt of the message from the brain that you have a stressful situation to deal with. Your heart rate might increase and you might sweat or feel temporarily energized. This is the ‘fight or flight’ reaction.
Norepinephrine is also produced by the adrenal glands and is stimulating. You feel more alert and ready to deal with the problem. Blood shifts from non-essential parts of your body (your skin, for example -’he went pale with the shock’) to your muscles, in case you need to run away from the danger. Again, fight or flight.
Cortisol is also referred to as the ‘stress hormone.’ Its effects are felt a few minutes after that initial rush of adrenaline. Cortisol is – in a stressful situation – a safe pair of hands, in many respects. It checks in with your bodily functions such as reproduction and blood pressure. It regulates your immune system and digestive tract.
The Danger of Persistent Stress
However, problems arise if you continue to feel stressed. If you maintain a high level of anxious behavior, your body will continue to produce cortisol. A surfeit of that essential hormone can lead to problems such as:
- Weakened immune system
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased risk of obesity
- Skin problems such as acne
- Diminished libido and sexual desire
Common short-term responses to stress tend towards behavioral ones – drinking too much alcohol, over or under eating or developing nervous habits – and emotional ones, feeling isolated, insecure or depressed.
Over the long term, stress manifests in increasingly more serious ways that can threaten your health. Chronic, untreated stress is linked to:
- Autoimmune problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- High cholesterol
- Bone density problems
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Are you struggling with stress? Contact NuLife Institute now at (305) 400-0005 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
NuLife Institute: Compassionate Expertise
Here at NuLife Institute, our doctors can help you to deal with stress and the potential health issues it is capable of triggering.
Stress can feel like an ever-contracting cage – we can help you to break out of it.
Following a consultation, our physicians will help you to manage stress by focusing on the vital tenets of overall health:
- Hormone balancing
- Energy and exercise
- Libido and sexual desire
- Mental wellness
- Healthy weight management
NuLife Institute is the leading Age Management facility in the Miami area. No one can help you to embrace the next stage of life as effectively as we can. Call now to arrange a free consultation at (305) 400-0005.