STRESS

Stress is a normal reaction to a situation where people feel under pressure. These situations are often external events and circumstances such as employment, finances and relationships to name a few. The physical body is very clever at maintaining balance or homeostasis. When a person is experiencing stress, the adrenal glands secrete stress hormones into the body to facilitate a fight or flight response to protect you. Our bodies have the ability to settle from this state when it happens on occasion. However, many people live in a constant state of stress, which can be so very damaging to our health. Our brain, nerves, muscles, heart and digestive system are all affected when stress hormones are released into the body. Common physical symptoms to stress are a decrease in quality sleep, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, mood changes, and gastrointestinal disturbances including Irritable Bowel Syndrome.