Why Stress Hurts Us

What you are thinking, feeling & believing is changing the genetic expression and chemical composition of your body on a moment by moment basis.

The stress hormone Cortisol has the same chemical precursors as DHEA, which is associated with many health promoting functions as well as longevity. DHEA is the most common hormone in the body and is associated with cell repair. Both Cortisol and DHEA are manufactured by the adrenal glands. When the adrenals use the precursors to make Cortisol, the stress hormone, it makes less DHEA which repairs cells. So it go’s that when we stress less and our Cortisol levels are low, the raw materials from which our bodies manufacture life giving DHEA are freed up and production of that increases.

Stressing sucks biochemical resources away from cell repair & kills brain cells. Cortisol has been shown to reduce muscle mass, increase bone loss & osteoporosis, interfere with the generation of new skin cells, increase fat accumulation around the waist & hips & reduce memory & learning ability.

Over 1,400 chemical reactions and over 30 hormones and neurotransmitters shift in response to stressful stimuli. Therefore if we de-stress ourselves using our thinking, feeling & beliefs through our attitudes, nurturing & self talk, we are taking a role in determining which chemical composition is working and changing our genetic expression for the better.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tombasson
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 18:12:34

    fascinating! 🙂


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  3. nasze mazury to cud natury
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 05:16:38

    It’s really a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.


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