Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. When a demand, or combination of demands are too high and threatening to your wellbeing (real or perceived) the fight/flight response is activation, and chemicals are released that causes changes to your body to help you cope with the stressor. In the short term this gives us more energy and resources (physical and emotional), in the long term, over activation of the stress response can lead to poor energy and poor metabolic reserves - resulting in increased toxicity (biological, psychological), a poor relaxation response and pain and sensory sensitivity (sensitisation) and deficiencies (enzymes, nutrients, other). See posts about stress here

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