“When danger appears, an alarm goes off in the brain, activating the body’s sympathetic nervous system — the fight-or-flight system. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is activated. Hormones, such as epinephrine and cortisol, flood the bloodstream from the adrenal glands. The heart beats faster. Breathing quickens. Blood vessels dilate. More oxygen reaches large muscles. Blood pressure and glucose levels rise. The immune system’s inflammatory response activates.” The body’s reaction to stress is natural. The amount of stress that many people are under is anything but. And it’s deadly. WaPo (Gift Article) with their latest piece on America’s life expectancy crisis. Stress Is Weathering Our Bodies From the Inside Out.