The Nervous System
Our nervous system is the master control of our body and within the system; they are divided into sympathetic and parasympathetic system.
In short, our sympathetic system kicks in when we are facing a stressful situation such as getting chased by a lion. The main hormones responsible for the stress response are adrenaline and cortisol. Our parasympathetic system on the other hand, promotes ‘Rest and Digest’
Inflammation is a natural reaction of our body in response to threats such as bacteria, viruses and stress. Think of inflammation as a sickness response when you feel feverish and sluggish.
Linking Stress And Inflammation
The inflammatory response can be further driven and amplified under stressful circumstances. Therefore, if a person is under chronic stress, the inflammatory response in the body is not only permanent but also intensified. So what could be the impact of this stress induced inflammation in the long term?
Long-term inflammation contributes to a variety of lifestyle diseases such as:
- Chronic pain
- Cardiovascular diseases: high blood pressure, heart attack
- Inflammatory Bowel DIsease
Stress in the long term is extremely detrimental to our body. To tackle stress, we need to identify the problem from a holistic approach. Stay tune for our future post as we will show you some simple and effective methods to help with reducing and overcoming stress.