Stress is there in every day life. It comes from the sense organs and the mind to couciousness. When this happens there are changes in the body by means the hormonal system particularly adrenaline in acute stress and cortisol in chronic stress. These make change in the body. Adrenaline acutely and the cortisol causes chronic changes do the high blood cortisol levels. It is rarely the body;s cortisol levels get exhausted- It is the high cortisol levels which causes maladaptions. If there is a tumor which causes it we call it cushing’s syndrome. In stress related situations it has been called ” hypercortism” This has been clearly established in severe depression as a reaction to the stress and in fact it is a test that confirms severe depression
The effects of chronic high cortisol in the body in chronic stress has not been well recognized in the medical literature. It is important to lower the cortisol levels by reducing stress. I would call it a the mind-body program for stress reduction.
1. mind – meditation
2. counter the effects of stress in the body by medication diet diet supplements and exercise and lifestyle changes
The effects of stress in the body is chronic fatigue and tiredness. The person wants to sleep but when trying to sleep gets up because the person is unable to relax. This further aggravates the stress. This leads to muscle stress and muscle tension including headaches and backache.
The excessive cortisol also leads to fat re-distribution with fat deposits in the abdomen and often less in the extremities, and changes in hair and skin, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The effects of chronic stress in relation the the effects of cortisol is called adrenal fatigue. It is often misclassified as addisons disease or adrenal failure. This is very rare. it is mostly the high cortisol that is causing some of the effects of the stress noted previously
Some of the effects of adrenal stress can be countered by diet and diet supplements
Nutritional support may be a helpful adjunct therapy in treating your adrenal exhaustion. Certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch, author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” states that if you suffer from adrenal exhaustion, you may benefit from consuming green leafy vegetables, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, nuts, legumes, wheat germ, whole grains, olive oil, garlic, onions and shiitake mushrooms. Consider avoiding alcohol, caffeine, sugar, white flour and fried foods, as these substances can place unnecessary strain on your adrenal glands.
Useful Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional supplements are an important part of an overall nutritional approach in treating your adrenal exhaustion. In her book “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” naturopathic physician Sharol Tilgner reports that beneficial herbal supplements for this health problem may include gotu kola, Siberian ginseng and licorice. Useful non-herbal nutritional supplements for adrenal exhaustion may include vitamin B complex, vitamin C and coenzyme A. Further research into these supplements’ effectiveness may be required. Do not take any of these without your doctor’s approval.
PHYSIOLOLOGY OF STRESS: