Beating Stress and Stimulants

Stress starts in the mind – but it doesn’t stay there. Every time you react to a stressful event, you set off a cascade of activity that fundamentally changes your body chemistry triggering the release of adrenal hormones which get you ready to ‘fight or take flight’. The average adrenalin rush of a commuter stuck in a traffic jam provides enough fuel to keep them running for a mile. That’s how much glucose is released, mainly by breaking down glucose stores called glycogen held in muscles and the liver. All this is happening as a result of a stressful thought. The other way to get an adrenalin release is to have a blood sugar dip, usually as a result of the body over-reacting to high sugar foods, or consuming some caffeine or nicotine.

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