I am sure all of us have gone through stressful times or experienced a mild form of stress. Stress has both mental and physical effects. It could affect your memory or give you a headache.
Whatever the case may be, some amount of stress can be beneficial as it works as a response/indicator to demand or challenge.
Did you know there are hormones which affect your stress levels? Hormones are secreted by various glands in your body. They regulate one’s bodily functions.
5 Stress-Related Hormones
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Perhaps the most Important hormone when comes to stress. It is produced as a response to stress. In simple terms, it helps us manage the physiological response to stress. It regulates blood pressure and sugar levels.
If there is long term stress then in its response more cortisol will be secreted and this will have a negative impact on people, like high blood pressure or more fat storage in the body. In other words, more cortisol will make it worse if stress is prolonged.
Laughing, Exercising, Meditation, Therapy, Sleeping well, Healthy food habits can help regulate cortisol levels.
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It is secreted when we are presented with a stressful situation. In moments when we are presented with crisis situations or emergencies, this hormone is secreted which increases mental alertness and increased blood flow to muscles making one superman momentarily.
In short, momentarily you will experience a burst of energy. This hormone helps us coping with sudden stressful situations. It is popularly called flight or fight hormone.
To increase adrenaline in the body take stairs instead of the elevator, exercise regularly, protein-rich diet, adventure sports can help.
To decrease adrenaline focus on breathing, good habits, meditation.
Glucagon hormone is indirectly related to stress. It helps the body maintain optimum blood sugar levels. Since stress can result in low blood sugar levels then this hormone helps secrete glucose into the bloodstream.
Stress can induce hypoglycemia which results in low blood sugar levels.
To keep blood sugar at an optimum level (If you are not a diabetic) eat vegetables, poultry, fish, lean meat, fibers, and nuts can help.
Though currently researched Vasopressin is found to have a link with stress and pain. It helps the body to retain water, increases blood pressure etc. It allows a person to sleep straight through the night eliminating interruptions.
It has a role in circadian rhythm, regulating body temperature. The body gets signal if we are dehydrated and it releases vasopressin so that body retains water and prevent water loss.
A stress hormone which is released into the bloodstream when stress is perceived. It helps in arousal, alertness, focusing and memory.
It helps in coming up with depression, many patients who suffer from depression are given Norepinephrine. It helps to counter the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders like Bipolar.
Foods like banana, cheese, meat, chocolates, and oats help in increasing this hormone. However, having too much of this hormone will result in panic, anxiety, and insomnia. Lower levels can produce fatigue and depression. So, these were the most prominent hormones which are related to stress!