Understanding chronic stress

Understanding chronic stress as it is becomes the first step towards finding lasting solution to it.

Understanding chronic stress as it is: Acute stress

We all live with it but what exactly is stress? In this article, we want to focus on the understanding chronic stress as it is exactly since it affects us individually and collectively. Our reference is going to be from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a medical facility which was founded by doctor Dalal Akoury primarily to offer health solutions to the suffering public. Doctor Akoury says that stress can come in many forms including:

  • Emotional stress
  • Chemical stress (toxicity)
  • Electromagnetic stress
  • Physical stress or anything else that elicits a stress response in the body

When stress set in an individual’s life, it wills not matter the kind of stress it is since the body understands stress in the same way irrespective of the type. How then does stress affect the body? The effects of stress are many and may include the following:

  • It can lower your immune system
  • Increase your cholesterol
  • Blood sugar and blood pressure
  • It can cause sexual dysfunctions
  • Arthritis’s
  • Heart disease
  • Weight gain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer as well as lower thyroid function and metabolism

Normally when a person is under stress the body will switch into a fight or flight mode.

  • This will then trigger several physiological responses and you will have a decrease of all noncritical processes.
  • Your energy will be mobilized to your muscle.
  • Digestion will be turned off (50 percent of people have digestive complaints)
  • Detoxification will be impaired
  • You will have a decrease in cellular repair
  • You will be placed in a catabolic (breaking down) state. This catabolic state will weaken all your systems.

Understanding chronic stress as it is: Different states of stress

  • You can be in a sick state– This is when your stress levels are higher than your resistance levels.
  • You can be in an average state of health – This is when your stress levels and resistance levels are about equal. These are the people who feel good until something stressful happens then they get symptoms.
  • The last is a state of good health – This is when your resistance is much higher than your stress levels. This leaves you with two choices; reduce stress, or increase resistance. The easiest one to do is to decrease stress. Unfortunately some people are unable to do this, therefore we must increase resistance. This means you need to support your hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis.

Finally, it is obvious that stress and sex hormones are all derived from cholesterol. It therefore means that if you are under constant stress, you will produce more stress hormones, and therefore you will need more cholesterol to make those hormones. This is how stress can lead to elevated cholesterol. When you’re continuously making stress hormones your body will decrease in production of sex hormones, as well as aldosterone, this is called cortisol steal. Lower sex hormones will lead to hormonal imbalances such as irregular menstrual cycles, infertility and low libido. Lower aldosterone levels will prevent your kidneys from absorbing sodium and therefore spilling sodium into the bladder. Wherever sodium goes, water follows. This will cause dilute urine and frequent urination, as well as the craving of salt. You can always learn more with doctor Akoury any time any day.

Understanding chronic stress as it is: Acute stress