THE EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY
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.