Stress and its Remedies
in stressful, uncertain times, but it may be a surprise to you that the body
has only one response to stress and that is to produce stress hormones. This
is true whether:
- You are being chased down the road by a man with an axe - You owe the bank GBP750,000 pounds with no means to pay - You are just about to go out in front of an audience of 40,000 people to sing - You don't eat correctly to balance your blood sugar levels
There is no time like the present to protect yourself from the effects of
stress that can be caused by modern living, especially in the current climate.
body’s nutritional needs and how a nutritious diet could help to alleviate
some of the symptoms caused by unwanted stress.
Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are secreted when our blood
sugar drops too low, in order to allow the body to release sugar into the
bloodstream to fulfil our energy requirements. The effect of this stress
hormone induced release is to send our blood sugar levels sky high, and
subsequently the body releases insulin to help transport sugar out of the
blood vessels and into our cells.
With increased stress and poor eating habits we can initiate a
rollercoaster effect of falling and rising blood sugar levels throughout the
day, with the subsequent release of hormones to deal with this situation.
This can lead us to become resistant to the effects of insulin, which in
turn can lead to chronic degenerative diseases such as type II diabetes and
Cortisol also promotes the storage of fat around the middle of the body,
and unless we deal with the effects of stress, we can find it very difficult
to lose that spare tyre!
MK Nutrition’s easy to follow nutritional programme can help you minimise
hormonal release, enabling you to achieve and maintain ideal body
composition, and reduce the risk of degenerative disease.
The Stress Cycle
Ongoing stress affects how the body produces hormones.
THE ALARM STAGE: The nervous system responds to stressors within seconds
to shift the body into a fight or flight mode. Stress hormones are released
from the adrenal glands to release sugar into the bloodstream.
THE RESISTANCE STAGE: Adaptation to sustained stress alters energy
metabolism. Blood sugar levels are raised, muscle protein is broken down, and
cortisol levels become elevated. The body becomes less sensitive to cortisol,
and so more cortisol is produced. This leads to increases in insulin
production, and we can become insulin resistant. More muscle protein is
broken down and blood lipids increase, leading to fat accumulation around the
middle. This can lead to increased cholesterol and blood pressure along with
a tendency to obesity.
High cortisol levels suppress the immune system, which sets the stage for
allergic responses, yeast overgrowth and chronic infections.
THE EXHAUSTION STAGE: The body’s ability to produce cortisol declines,
leading to adrenal exhaustion. Excessive fatigue, reduced ability to
concentrate, alcohol intolerance, headache, menstrual irregularities and low
blood pressure are all symptoms of this stage. Too little cortisol allows the
body to become inflamed. This stage promotes chronic inflammation, tissue
damage and degenerative disease.
With nutritional intervention, and help with managing stress, you can
achieve the RECOVERY STAGE, when your body is back in balance and you are
able to cope well with the everyday things in life.
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