The Endocrine Systems role in Chronic Stress : 2nd Due

So now that we know Epi and Nor-Epi are the Nuero- hormones that play the main role in our Short term stress response

Who joins the party when stress continues?

CORTISOL 😀 🎉 ( gets no ❤️ but we couldn’t survive without it!)

🔹Fashionably late
🔹The 2nd medic
🔹2nd Due engine / water supply
🔹Back up

However you want to remember it, Cortisol shows up about 15 minutes into a stress response

It is made in the Adrenal glands (from cholesterol❗️for all the cholesterol haters 😏)
The scenario goes a little like this

Stress is perceived in your brain 👀🦻🏻🧠

1. The Hypothalamus ( Dispatch ) sends a message via the blood stream to the adrenal glands to make cortisol 📞

2. Cortisol (is the Responding units 🚒🚑🚓 us!)

3. Our cells (the patient or assailant ) is where Cortisol takes action and effects change inside the cells

4. Once the stress (call ) is over (units are clearing the hospital )

5. The hypothalamus ( Dispatch ) gets notified and returns levels to baseline ( quarters ) until the next run…

This stress system just like our response system operates on a feedback loop

⭐️See below for more visual breakdowns

Problems start to arise when

📌Cortisol is too high for too long
📌The short term FUNCTIONAL EFFECTS of high cortisol become DYSFUNCTIONAL in the long term
📌That feedback loop between the brain, the adrenals and the cells gets a little funky

Today’s take aways are

📌Cortisol is not bad. Like many things taken to the extreme it can have some very negative consequences

📌Dysfunction occurs with prolonged exposure to it as almost every cell in our body has receptors for it.

📌The health of its feedback loop is critical to keeping this system working properly (just like radio communications)

Even in the face of chronic stress that will trigger this system frequently we are NOT powerless

🔥CHANGE what we can, SUPPORT what we cannot
🎤 drop

When we understand HOW it works
We are empowered to offer that support