What Is Stress?

Stress Face

Stress Face

What is stress? is the top question that has been coming in lately. Technically stress is a chemical reaction in the body. There are different causes of stress, but what is important is how the body responds. Let’s look at some causes of stress as well as the reaction that happens in the body.

Stress Is A Response
Stress is the body’s response to one or more extremes. The extreme can be almost anything; temperature, junk food, intense emotions, toxic exposure, injury, over-exercising, too little sleep, etc. The body’s response is the same no mater what the cause.

Fight Flight Response To Stress
The body responds primarily by releasing powerful hormones that prepare the body for fight or flight. The heart beats faster, breathing increases, blood vesicles open filling the muscles with fuel, the mind and vision sharpen and focus on the threat. Every fiber screams to get the hell out of there or attack whatever is needed. The body is thrown into overdrive by hormones that affect the body deeply.

A few thousand years ago this worked great. Most stress factors we have today were nonexistent then. The air, water and food were pure — OK, there were microbes, that was one of our biggest threats, not really talking about that one here. But, there was no junk food, traffic, or getting into conflict with no release for those intense chemical changes. Basically our ancestors experienced as much stress in 40 years the typical westerner does in less than a year.

Release Is Needed
The fight or flight chemical changes that allow the body to survive intense situations are toxic or at least harmful to the system. So, they need to be cleared from the system. Using up the chemicals while running away or fighting for dear life is natures way of dealing dissipating them. We don’t get to do that very often in the modern world.

Chronic Fight Flight
Stuffing down the reaction to daily stress leads to the body being in a constant state of fight or flight. The body becomes “hyper-vigilant” where there is a constant tension, a preparation, for running or fighting. This not normal or healthy though it is quite common.

Body Systems Are Shut Off
There are systems that are not needed when the body readies itself for battle, so they are shut off. Digestion, reproduction, sex, cellular repair, the immune system, detoxification, even the absorption of nutrients are all turned off or seriously impaired. This is discussed in this article on how the hypothalamus gets locked “on.”

How To Reduce Stress
There is a cycle of having  more stress as a reaction to stress, a self perpetuating situation. Relaxing herbs for stress and a long vacation will end this cycle, in most cases. Applied Kinesiology has techniques for changing this quickly.

A fairly new and very easy technique that I have been using lately can be found in The Emotion Code
by Bradley Nelson. There is a problem with  finding the emotions though. And, there are several levels of the fight or flight mechanism. I’ll see about presenting this information if there is enough interest. Let me know in the comments below.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa