Understanding The Consequences Of Poorly Managed Stress
1. An individual is faced with a stressor.
2. A complex hormonal cascade ensues, and the adrenals secrete cortisol.
3. Cortisol prepares the body for a fight-or-flight response by flooding it with glucose, supplying an immediate energy source to large muscles.
4. Cortisol inhibits insulin production in an attempt to prevent glucose from being stored, favoring its immediate use.
5. Cortisol narrows the arteries while the epinephrine increases heart rate, both of which force blood to pump harder and faster.
6. The individual addresses and resolves the situation.
7. Hormone levels return to normal IF stress is "temporary" and no longer an issue for that day.
While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, it’s extremely important that the body’s relaxation response be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event.
Yes, there is such a thing as being addicted to stress! How could a person possibly want to overstress himself? When you are pressured to produce, the body calls on adrenaline to help meet your wishes. But adrenaline happens to closely resemble amphetamines. Amphetamines give people a high. This helps explain why some people actually live on stress . . . until their adrenal glands (or something else) just wears out. Thereafter, it is hard to even get out of bed in the morning. These are the people who need artificial stimulants to keep them going. They become dependent on stimulating drugs (like coffee or Pepsi) just to make it through each day. Others seem to purposefully search out an emergency or make one to stimulate adrenaline in order to produce the energy they need to meet their goals. And their stress seems to be contagious to co-workers and family!
Care & feeding of the adrenals
When the adrenal glands are constantly on "high alert" you have a pretty good chance to reach a point of adrenal exhaustion.
If a person suffers from Adrenal exhaustion, then that person is more than likely deficient in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Licorice Root is also an adrenal building herb. It contains several hormone-like compounds that are easily converted for use by the adrenals. One of these is Cortin, which is very similar to the body's cortisone. As you may be aware, artificially-produced cortisone has dangerous side-effects that are not experienced when you make your own. Always protect the ability to make your own!
Licorice root contains glycyrrhizinic acid that gently stimulates the adrenals and also helps clear the lymph nodes of toxins. It is very soothing and encourages good digestion, too. This herb is mild and can be beneficial for children, and is useful in all affections of the respiratory tract. Although licorice is wonderful, remember that too much can deplete your body of potassium.
For the stress of menopause, licorice root also has estrogenic activity. In fact, the adrenals have some capacity to produce estrogen for you! So, for those going through the change of life and know that estrogen helps keep their bones strong, healthy adrenals are important.
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