Picture this, you’re running from a bear. In order for you to run faster and get away, your body releases a of surge of cortisol and adrenaline. During this ‘fight or flight’ response, cortisol helps raise our blood pressure, increase blood flow to our muscles, reduce inflammation and heighten mental focus. However, this comes at a cost of suppressing other bodily functions including our immune, digestive and reproductive system. This is referred to as the The Alarm Stage.