What happens to your body during stress ?

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- By Michel Golay -

My opening statement is not something you’d usually expect to hear - but we all need stress to live. It’s a key body functionality which releases an ‘adaptation’ mode for us to react to the situations life throws at us, and our ability to adapt is a clear measurement of our state of health. There are three elements to stress; Chemical, Physical and Emotional, and when one, or all three elements become a negative aspect, the results can be damaging. 

Physical and Chemical Stress 

When it comes to chemical and physical stress, the first reaction is an increase of oxidant stress in the most exposed parts of our body. If this oxidant stress is not well managed and the effect continues to grow, it will lead to the next step of the process – Inflammation. Once this process begins it will target the immune system. In our current society (fast paced lives mixed with city living), the intestine and the lung mucous membrane are at the greatest risk as they are the most exposed – we inhale fine particles in the air and xenobiotic (unnatural processed elements) in our food.

Emotional Stress 

Emotional stress can result in something entirely different – it’s all in the development. When emotions (messages from the cerebral cortex) reach the reptilian brain (the co-ordinator of all essential functions), it actually has an initial positive impact on your health, resulting in an attitude called ‘hyper-control’. The impact becomes negative, however, when these messages are released over a prolonged period of time at a heightened level. As this happens your control decreases and leads to the hyper activity of the autonomous nervous system. You might experience symptoms such as heart palpitations, hot flushes, irregular heart rhythm, asthma attack or an irritable colon. This could develop into exhaustion and a demise of the reptilian brain which could result in the failure of the digestive and immune functions, sleeping disorders and eventually serious illnesses and diseases. 

To understand the state of your autonomous nervous system, a stay at Lonhea will begin with a four hour consultation to assess your body’s functionality, based on the method of the two brain functions. Upon the results you’ll have a programme tailored to improving your wellbeing. Once your stay is over and you return back home, you are monitored for the next four months to continue your new health regime.



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