When an animal is in a dangerous situation, it has two choices: Stay and fight, or try to escape. When the body goes into this “fight or flight” response it causes the release of specialized stress hormones that help the body quickly react to the situation. You might be familiar with the effects of some of these “stress hormones” including adrenaline (epinephrine) and cortisol.
Stress hormones are essential for survival, especially in urgent situations that trigger a fight or flight response. Fight or flight situations for animals usually resolve relatively quickly, so the body only experiences short periods of elevated stress hormones. But what happens when the fight or flight situation persists for days, weeks, months, or even years? Are there negative effects from having elevated levels of stress hormones for a long period of time?
While most of us are not typically experiencing fight or flight situations in the same way an animal faces a predator, we do experience daily stresses that our body handles in the same manner.
Even though each of us might respond differently to stress, the same basic biochemical processes occur, including the release of stress hormones and the subsequent effects.
The problem is that these physiological changes are intended to help you survive the immediate threat, but not necessarily helpful for long-term survival. In fact, the changes can be detrimental to your long-term health.
If the stressful situation is not quickly resolved, the levels of stress hormones can remain elevated in your body for extended periods of time. This is one reason why it is so important to quickly resolve and limit those stressful periods and minimize their impact throughout the body.
Additional stress hormones like epinephrine (adrenaline) can cause elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and disruptions in normal endocrine function. Other hormones that are altered during periods of stress include thyroid hormones, growth hormone, insulin, gonadotropins, prolactin, and catecholamines.3 Considering how many hormones are involved in the stress response, it’s easy to understand how prolonged stress can have so many negative consequences on long term health.
Supplements for Stress
There are key nutrients that can help to minimize the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on your mind and body. Numerous studies have been published that have shown improvements in mental health, immune function, and energy levels using naturally occurring antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals that support cellular health and help protect the body from the effects of prolonged stress.
Pinnaclife Nutritional Supplements were developed based on sound scientific research to provide you with safe and effective ingredients that support your body during stressful times. They begin with the patented and scientifically tested Olivamine 10® Max that can help protect you from the negative effects of stress and fatigue on a cellular level using hydroxytyrosol from the olive and key supporting vitamins and amino acids. It helps protect cells from damaging free-radicals generated during stressful times by actually turning on natural repair mechanisms within the mitochondria and allowing them to resist the negative effects of stress.4,5
Other ways that Pinnaclife Nutritional Supplements help address stress include:
It would be great if we could completely eliminate stress from our lives, but we know that despite our best efforts this is likely an impossible goal. Our best bet is to incorporate lifestyle changes that help to reduce the levels of stress in our lives, and reduce the effects of stress throughout our body. Be sure to work closely with your healthcare team to determine a plan that works best to reduce the effects of stress in your life. Adding Pinnaclife Nutritional Supplements to a healthy diet can help provide your body with that extra cellular support to minimize the effects of daily stress throughout your body.
Kyle Hilsabeck, PharmD., is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Affairs at McCord Holdings and licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. He completed bachelors degrees in biology and biochemistry at Wartburg College before earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a community pharmacy practice residency through the University of Iowa where he focused primarily on nutritional aspects of care including the use of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. He has taught courses for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements and given many presentations on the subject as well. He has a passion for improving patient care specifically with regards to the safety and quality of the nutritional supplements and health information people use.
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