chronic-stressHave you been tired lately?  Suffering from more colds than usual?  With winter finally here, you might think your immune system is overloaded from the change in weather – but it could actually be something much more serious.

Acute stress may seem like an ordinary part of the modern life, but it can actually cause significant damage to your immune system.  When we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by work, family, or even just the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the body releases adrenal stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.  While these stress hormones can be essential in fight-or-flight situations, prolonged exposure can wreak havoc on your immune system.

This effect is known as