THE EF­FECTS ON YOUR BODY

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It’s chronic stress that can be so dam­ag­ing for our health and well­be­ing. “In chronic stress, your body switches from pro­duc­ing adren­a­line to man­u­fac­tur­ing cor­ti­sol,” says Fran. “Cor­ti­sol may be a weaker stress hor­mone but brings about all the same re­sponses as adren­a­line, all be it to a lesser de­gree and this has a knock-on ef­fect to your health.”

Cor­ti­sol raises your blood sugar, so you need to pro­duce more in­sulin which could lead to in­sulin re­sis­tance and in­crease your risk of belly fat and even Type 2 di­a­betes. It di­verts blood from your di­ges­tive tract, slow­ing down di­ges­tion, in­creas­ing your risk of in­di­ges­tion and mak­ing it harder for you to ab­sorb nu­tri­ents from your food. You might also feel more tired and slug­gish, with brain fog, low mood and con­sti­pa­tion as cor­ti­sol tries to slow down your body to con­serve en­ergy to deal with stress. You could be more sus­cep­ti­ble to aches and pains, too, be­cause cor­ti­sol also in­creases in­flam­ma­tion.

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