The Hormesis Effect (and the Benefits of Stress), Pt. 2

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If we were to run laboratory tests on someone who has just worked out intensely at the gym, the lab results would show that the person is in a dire physiological state: inflammatory markers would be elevated. If we didn’t know he had been working out, we would assume he is ill: oxidative stress would be evident; cortisol–the stress hormone–would be high. The muscles and bones would be suffering from extensive microtrauma.