Know The Effects of Stress on the Body – by Jane Smolnik, ND
Have you been under excessive or prolonged stress? Are you tired, not sleeping great? Can’t relax your mind from tension or worry? How’s your digestion? Sex hormones? Gaining belly fat? Aging too quickly? Perhaps you realize it is time to learn more about this and see what you can do to support your body!
If you’ve been under excessive or prolonged stress, your health has been affected. There’s a cascading effect that occurs as the body utilizes more metabolic resources and energy to respond to the imposed threat, and leaves less resources available for our regular functions of rest, renew, repair, digest, and sleep.
Today’s stresses can mainly be hidden stress, such as mental worry, tension, fear, anxiety, emotional stress, financial stress, even toxins, dietary stress, and EMF stress from electronic equipment, cellphone towers, satellites, etc. The list goes on….
“Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.” Hans Selye (1907-1982)
Dr. Hans Seyle was an Austrian/Canadian endocrinologist who conducted extensive research on stress and it’s effect on the body. This quote summarizes his belief on how stress affects the human body by aging and other natural body responses that occur when we encounter various stresses in our daily lives.
Know the stages of Stress:
1. Acute Stress – the initial reaction when we are faced with a perceived threat or danger. It immediately activates the fight or flight response and releases the ‘stress hormones’ such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. These hormones enable you to do things you might not otherwise be able to. It reduces the ability to digest, increases the hear rate, turns glycogen into glucose getting more sugar in your blood stream for energy.
2. Adaptation Stage – when we have been under stress for extended periods of time, the body hasn’t had a chance to fully relax and go back to it’s normal functions. Your body’s defenses become weaker as it needs to allocate energy to the repair of damaged muscle tissues and lower the production of the stress hormones. Although the body has shifted to this second phase of stress response, it remains on-guard, particularly when the stressors persist and the body is required to fight them continuously, although not as stronger as it could during the initial response.
3. Exhaustion Stage – During this stage, the stress has occurred for prolonged periods and the body starts to loose it’s ability to combat the harmful impact of the stress hormones. The adaptive energy is all drained out. This can be considered burn-out, stress overload, or exhaustion, which leads to more health problems if not corrected.
The Cascade of Health Effects
Your blood sugar can be difficult to control. Many people experience hypoglycemia and insulin resistance, which are precursors to hyperglycemia and diabetes.
Chronic digestive problems occur and no matter how many supplements you take to try to correct it, until you relax the stress response, it does not have enough metabolic resources to digest properly.
All the endocrine glands can be pulled down in their ability to function well. Sluggish metabolism occurs, weight gain in the form of belly fat is produced by too much cortisol in the system.
Circulation can become a challenge as stress tears occur in the endothelial lining of the arteries which can create more plaque. Our nitric oxide production is decreased, our ATP or energy production of our cells is reduced. We can have more pain, inflammation, and feel more fatigued. This increases our risk for heart disease.
Sexual function and the sex hormones can become a problem as well! Your body is designed to help you, so it will reduce circulation to the reproductive organs first as they are not vital to life! Both your desire and your ability can be diminished. Testosterone and DHEA hormones can be greatly reduced.
There IS Something You Can Do!
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De-stressing your life and your body is essential! But HOW do we relax the stress response and return to a normal homeostasis? A healthy, adrenal friendly diet is essential, good quality supplements that are right for your needs, as well as some programs that can change the way you respond to stress and learn to relax your thoughts and reactions are important for continued success. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to rebalance the body after adrenal stress and exhaustion.
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