“Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” ~ Hans Seyle
Everyone experiences stress at some time.
Mostly, people think about stress in emotional terms – office politics, relationship problems and family squabbles. But there are other things that “stress” the body and mind as well. When they go on long enough, the effect is the same on your health.
You can read about some of these more “hidden” stressors below. But first it’s important to have an idea of the likely end results coming from chronic stress.
When stress happens over time, almost all parts of the body can be affected. Here are the general categories along with the specific consequences that might show up:
- Energy Production
- Blood sugar problems
- Insulin sensitivity
- Ability to generate energy in the cells
- General Health Problems
- Fat accumulation
- Water retention
- Muscle wasting
- Digestive disorders
- Impaired thinking
- Pain and inflammation
- Immune Compromise
- Low T-Lymphocytes
- Inefficient blocking of bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.
- Reduced Natural Killer Cell activity
From this list, you can see that stress has a big impact on your health.
So what are these hidden stressors? There are many. Here are some of the more common:
- Eating the wrong foods
- Toxic overload
- Injuries (even old ones)
- Lack of sleep
- Chronic pain
- Lack of purpose or meaning in life
That last one, also called “existential angst,” surprises some people. It’s when someone is asking themselves, “What am I doing here?”
When any of these stressors are present, over time your adrenals become fatigued. They can’t compensate indefinitely. After a while they become less efficient.
When this is the case, the problems I first mentioned in this article are much more likely to show up.
Fortunately, there are ways to find out how much your adrenals have declined. And once you know that, there are definitely ways to restore them to healthy function. This is part of what Functional Medicine does.
I’ve also found that Functional Medicine combined with acupuncture is a very potent combination for restoring health quickly. It’s what has worked for me and many of my patients.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, I recommend you seek out a health care provider who practices Functional Medicine. And I’m always happy to discuss with you ways I might be able to help you. You can contact me if you’d like to learn more.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,