Stress Hormones and Women Health

Stress Hormones and Women Health

Stress Hormones and Women Health

Stress occurs as a result of some challenge, or tension. Throughout the evolution of man, stress served to ensure everyday survival of early man being threatened by various elements, such as wild animals and the elements.

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Introduction

An In Depth Look At Stress

What Is Stress?

Stress occurs as a result of some challenge, or tension. Throughout the evolution of man, stress served to ensure everyday survival of early man being threatened by various elements, such as wild animals and the elements.

Today, we typically do not encounter wild animals in our everyday lives, but consider when you are crossing the street and there is a car that may run you over, the stress response triggers the “fight or flight” response in the sympathetic nervous system that puts you on high alert allowing you to avoid being hit by that car.

Low levels of occasional stress are normal and serve our mental and physical well being; it is when stress becomes severe and chronic and there is prolonged elevation in stress hormones that adverse effects are seen in our physical, mental, and emotional states.

Table Of Contents

An In Depth Look At Stress…………………………………………………………………………………………………….1
What Is Stress?………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1
Common Causes Of Stress………………………………………………………………………………………………….2
Signs Of Stress…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
The Effect Of Stress On Health……………………………………………………………………………………………4
Three Main Stress Hormones…………………………………………………………………………………………………5
Cortisol……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
Adrenaline ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6
Norepinephrine…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6
Key Considerations ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………6
The Stress Response: Women Versus Men ……………………………………………………………………………..8
Stress Hormones And Women’s Health…………………………………………………………………………………10
Extreme Fatigue ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………10
The Cortisol Equation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………10
Reduced Libido………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11
Compromised Immunity…………………………………………………………………………………………………..11
The Heart And Respiration ……………………………………………………………………………………………….11
Muscle Pain And Body Aches ……………………………………………………………………………………………12
Digestive Disorders………………………………………………………………………………………………………….12
Dysfunctional Eating ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..13
Weight Gain And Belly Fat………………………………………………………………………………………………..13
Emotional Turmoil …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..14
Sleep Issues…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….14
Memory Problems …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15
Acne Breakouts……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….15
Changes In The Menstrual Cycle……………………………………………………………………………………….15
Higher Risk For Cancer……………………………………………………………………………………………………..15
Problems With Concentration…………………………………………………………………………………………..16
12 Stress Reduction Techniques …………………………………………………………………………………………..17
Aerobic Exercise………………………………………………………………………………………………………………17
MBSR………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………17
Digestive Relief………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..17
Mind-Body Exercise …………………………………………………………………………………………………………18
Deep Breathing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….19
Have Fun…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20
Laughter …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20
Music ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..20
Social Connectivity…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..21
Healthy Diet…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….21
Vitamins………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….21
Therapy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..22
Final Thoughts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….23
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