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Our bodies are designed to handle acute stressors, such as running away from a predator, but not chronic stressors. Unfortunately, in today's world, chronic stress has become the norm for many people, and this can have a significant impact on our health.

When we are constantly stressed out, our health takes a hit. Chronic stress not only puts you in a constant flight or fight the state, which then impacts your ability to properly digest and absorb anything, but the hormones to manage stress also take priority over other functions in the body.

This can lead to a range of issues, including weight gain, inflammation, and immune system suppression.

Increased circulation initiates fat deposits in fat tissue, thus weight gain is common with excess cortisol.

Yes, the cortisol that’s increased by 100% with just one day of sleep deprivation. Cortisol is a stress hormone from the adrenals, and two of its primary functions are to anti-stress and anti-inflame. Yes, it causes the body to suppress the immune system and stop responding to a stimulus, such as inflammation from foods.

In one study, they found that cortisol increases visceral fat (fat around organs) not the subcutaneous fat that you can pinch. If you have a layer of fat that hides your abs, don’t blame that on stress. But it's visceral fat that is associated with heart disease, metabolic disease, and insulin resistance.

This study also talks about how the HPA axis is hypersensitive, and that sex hormones and growth hormones are inhibited in obesity, specifically with high visceral fat. Yet we keep overstimulating the HPA axis to have elevated secretions of cortisol, low sex hormones, and low GH.

As a result, it's important to manage stress effectively. This may involve lifestyle changes, such as practising yoga, meditation, or taking up a hobby that helps you relax. It's also important to eat a balanced diet that includes whole, unprocessed foods and to get regular exercise.

In conclusion, chronic stress can have a negative impact on our health, including weight gain, inflammation, and immune system suppression. To manage stress effectively, it's important to make lifestyle changes and adopt healthy habits, such as practising yoga or meditation, eating an adequate diet, and exercising regularly. By taking care of our physical and mental health, we can achieve optimal health and live our best lives

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