Everyone experiences stress within their lifetime. Stress is the body’s natural, general response to any experience that one perceives as a demand for adaptation (Selye, 1936). It seems that in this day and age, everyday stress is unavoidable. When stress is sustained over long periods of time, it can wreak havoc on our brain; it can alter brain structure, reduce brain size, and even modify the DNA within our brain.
This audiovisual explains the different areas of the brain that can be affected by chronic stress and what that means for overall health. However, this clip is not all bad news.
Evidence shows that:
- even some supplements, such as phosphatidylserine
have helped reverse some damaging effects of stress.
While reversing the damage is beneficial, preventing damage is ideal. Adaptogenic herbs, including:
- Holy Basil
- Eleuthero Root
are plant based compounds that help modulate the body’s stress response. To get a quick overview at the dynamics of stress and its effects on the brain, check out this insightful video:
Want to find out scientifically how stressed you are? Take this stress test to get an idea!
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