Stress Hormone Cortisol
Could Cause Lower Immunity
We all know that the stress hormone cortisol affects abdominal weight gain. Did you know that increased cortisol affects immunity? Research shows how elevated cortisol affects many health problems.
Every part of your body is affected by stress. Research shows that people with increased stress have more chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, IBS, Cohn’s disease, and heart problems. All of these problems are related to autoimmunity. Autoimmunity refers to the immune system being on overdrive and attacking its own tissues. Stress affects your immune system by decreasing the thymus gland which is a major factor to the immune tissues in the body. Stress also decreases the production of white blood cells.
High cortisol levels decrease the white blood cells capacity to work with the body’s immune system. When a woman is experiencing a minor stressful situation, cortisol rouses the immune system, which is good. When the stress is severe and continuous, cortisol creases chaos. When immune cells are aroused for a long time, they break down, and then become ineffective in fighting diseases. These immune cells, that cannot fight disease, then start to destroy healthy tissues.
Research shows that when a woman is experiencing a stressful situation such as final exams or loss of a loved one, our immune system’s cells are reduced by half. Lingering stress decreases the immune system, increasing the growth of cancer cells, and hinders the body’s ability to fight diseases. Stress has also been proven to upset the flora in our intestines. This causes problems such as digestion, stomach problems, diarrhea, and gas. When the flora in the intestine is disrupted, a woman is more prone to throat infections, colds, and flu. When the intestinal flora is imbalanced, candida flourishes. Research shows that stress causes more problems than yeast infections, depression, infectious diseases and cancer.
In conclusion, extended stress raises cortisol levels. Elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol can result in lower immune function causing diseases such as Lupus, fibromyalgia, colds, and flu. It is very important to find a way to lower your stress level. You can either avoid stress or change your reaction to the stress. In today’s world where people are losing jobs and homes, women must find a way to give her mind and body a break. If you do not, your health may be in jeopardy.
If you have been dealing with higher stress than usual, been getting sick more often or experiencing any of the issues listed above; you should consider getting your hormones tested today.