Stress is a reaction of the body in order to adapt to a difficult or dangerous situation. The body is a mobile chemistry lab. Any stress/thought/worry/anxiety leads to secretion of enzymes from various glands. All this adds up to enhancement of the oxidation process at cellular level.
Dr. Peter G. Hanson, author of the book “The Pleasure of Stress,” tells us that 80% of diseases are related to stress.Stress does not exist by itself but it is produced by humans according to the way they interpret their circumstances. A certain event can affect two people in a different manner; according to the reaction or attitude towards the problem.
The main reactions inside the body during high stress situations are:
- Pupil dilation.
- Mouth and throat dryness.
- The arteries and veins in the face, arms and hands constrict causing paleness.
- The blood thickens, reduces the oxygen carrying capacity.
- Heart accelerates to send more oxygen to the whole body.
- The suprarenal glands inject a certain amount of cortisone to reduce the inflammation in the body in case of an injury. This is the reason why a highly stressed person has a weak immune system. Cortisone, as well as adrenaline, blocks the T-Cells which are produced by the immune system to defend the organisms from foreign germs.
- The liver injects a blood coagulant into the blood stream to prevent a hemorrhage in case of severe injury.
- Bronchi are dilated to absorb more oxygen.
- Glucose is injected by the liver to give muscles the necessary energy for that moment.
- Intense sweating is produced in all parts of the body but mainly in the palm of the hands. This occurs to get rid of the excess heat which is generated in the body.
- The whole body is set on a maximum alert status and gets ready to ‘fight’ or “escape.”
When stress is maintained at low intensity levels it does not affect the body. On the contrary, it helps the person to be active. All of us need a certain amount of stress; the problem comes when it is excessive and for extended periods of time. In this case, it consumes a person’s vital energy and this is what wears away one’s life and stability.
The most common warning symptoms which indicate stress are:
- Frequent headaches
- Accelerated or strong heart beats.
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Muscular aches in the neck, nape or back.
- Anxiety, anguish or a desire to cry
- Tiredness, fatigue or weakness
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Depression or sadness
- Gastritis, colitis, or stomach ulcers caused by nerves
- Lack of concentration and/or memory loss
- Allergies or asthma caused by nerves
- Impotency and frigidity
To eliminate stress it is recommended:
a) To handle thoughts and attitudes correctly. It is important to substitute positive thoughts and attitudes for negative ones. Since stress is produced by our thoughts, the way we interpret circumstances is very important because we act and feel the way we think. This can be achieved by reading books of positive thinking or listening to great speakers. Because the thoughts are produced in the brain, thus what-so-ever ingredients one puts in the brain will constitute the thoughts.
Change your way of thinking:
Knowing this truth helps to eliminate fear, anxiety, guilt, resentment, depression, sadness, anger, etc., and as a result, stress.
b) An adequate diet rich in nutrients such as: vitamins B1, B3 (Niacin), B5, B6 and B12, C, E and D, folic acid (green vegetables), biotin, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
c) Adequate rest mainly through deep relaxation.
d) Daily exercise. Run or walk at least 30 minutes a day, swim, etc.