Our bodies handle daily stress with the help of a specific part of the brain (Hypothalamus) and the adrenal glands that’s it on top of each kidney. The brain perceives stress and sends chemical signals to the adrenal glands to release stress hormones in response. Cortisol is released quickly to provide energy, reduce swelling, lower immunity, and increase blood pressure in response to stress. DHEA is also released from the adrenal glands to balance the effects of cortisol. Prolonged stress can create an imbalance that can wreak havoc on your body. Stress is not only what you perceive from the external environment, but can also arise from internal processes gone awry. Blood sugar imbalances, poor sleep, bad diet , and leaky Gut as example of stresses that can create chronic stress.