Inflammation is the underlying fuel for most disease, especially autoimmune conditions. Many people experience a worsening of their symptoms after a stressful event. Sometimes a traumatic event occurred just before the onset of the disease. This article explains the process in which chronic stress increases inflammation. The connection is the hormone cortisol.
A simple saliva test can determine your levels of cortisol throughout the day and can be a very helpful diagnostic tool for managing chronic illness and understanding the role of stress in your illness.
There are powerful tools to manage your stress and cortisol levels. Herbs such as ashwaganda are helpful, as are the incorporation of exercise, meditation, massage, art, music into your life.