How Stress Works and What It Does to Your Immune System
Stress: it’s something no one can escape and it’s something that seems to grow exponentially as you get older. Stress was designed as a “fight or flight” mechanism stemming back from our caveman days when you had to outrun a saber tooth tiger or a mammoth.
When you are under stress, your body releases hormones like glucocorticoids and cortisol to quicken your heart rate and respiration, in order to transfer extra energy to your muscles so you are ready to “fight or flight.” But what happens if your body is constantly being put in a stressful state? What are the impacts to your overall health? Prolonged stress can significantly impact your immune system over time.
When you’re stressed, a part of your brain called the amygdala interprets the stressful situation and sends a signal to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is critical for your body’s functions and controls both the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. Think of the sympathetic nervous system as a “gas-pedal”, allowing your body to get the extra energy needed for the “fight or flight” response. This “gas-pedal” consists of adrenaline getting distributed throughout your body. This causes your heart to beat faster, and in turn brings more blood to your muscles, heart, and other vital organs. Adrenaline also reduces your digestion and increases your blood pressure. The parasympathetic nervous system is the ever so important “brake“ that brings your body back from that heightened state so that it can resume its normal functions that were inhibited when the sympathetic nervous system had taken over.
However, when you are in an almost constant state of stress, your “gas pedal” stays on, and this can cause damage to your immune system. Researchers have found that chronic stressors can negatively affect the immune system affecting both natural and specific immunity. Furthermore, it is believed that when the immune system is faced with stress over long periods of time certain diseases can be stress induced. It has even been found that mild depression can subdue the immune systems in the elderly. In one study participants in their early 70s were under long term stress due to caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. The stress of being a caretaker had taken its immediate toll on their immune system and their immune response was still down 18 months later, and their immunity also declined more with age.
So, what does all this mean for you? It means it’s essential for you to make sure your immune system is functioning well at all times. Without a well-functioning immune system, when stressors enter your life, you have a higher likelihood of having more significant negative effects. This is why at Orenda, we believe in making sure you are supporting the natural and normal functions of your immune system. We created an immune support supplement, Orenda Immune® to do just that! Orenda Immune® is a product ahead of its time, perfectly positioned for consumers looking to support their bodies' natural defenses, and for detoxification from the inside out.* Orenda Immune® is the first and only product of its kind to address immunity at the cellular level, and the effects of this are profound. There are three main ingredients in Orenda Immune® that will help support the natural and normal functions of your immune system:
Beta 1, 3 Glucans
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We are all under a constant barrage of stressful situations in our life, and worrying about if your immune system is functioning properly shouldn’t be on that list. When you choose Orenda Immune®, you can rest assured that you are supporting the normal and natural functions of your immune system.*
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