Stress… The Brain Killer

We all know stress is bad for us, but understanding how it works can give us insight into how to reverse its effects.

Cortisol over production (due to stress) leads to; insulin resistance, weight gain, osteoporosis, digestive problems, and diminished DHEA and thyroid levels.

Cortisol over production also suppresses Serotonin (calming neurotransmitter) and and BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) — both are integral in forming new brain cells.

It can also damage the hippocampus (memory center) and collects in amygdala, the fear center of the brain. Stress creates more neural connections in this part of your brain, which makes you more fearful thus causing more stress.

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So the question is, what is at the core of your elevated stress level? Is it an emotion that’s trapped in your body creating repetitive thoughts? Is it a hormonal imbalance? If so, why? Is there a toxicity, an estrogen disruptor that’s creating the imbalance?

These are questions that I like to provide answers for. Call the office today and see if we can help!