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How stress response operate?

Below you will see 6 types of stress response


  1. You are faced with a stressor.
  2. Your body produces a hormonal response and your adrenals secrete cortisol.
  3. Your body goes into fight or flight mode with the cortisol causing glucose to be released as an immediate energy source for your large muscles.
  4. Cortisol prevents the production of insulin to prevent it from being stored again and keeping it available for immediate use.
  5. Cortisol affect the arteries while epinephrine increases your heart rate that causing blood to pump harder and faster.
  6. You address the situation that causing you stress like hormones that return to their regular level unless the situation never is resolved such as constant high stress at work all day, stressors from family life in the evening and high intensity training at night.

For the potential consequences of unnaturally high level of cortisol

  • Reduced protein synthesis that make it harder to build muscle tone
  • Low blood sugar
  • Fatigue
  •  Low blood pressure
  • Immune system suppression
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Digestion and absorption issues
  • Poor training recovery
  • increased appetite particularly for high calorie foods
  • Muscle and bone breakdown

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