The hormonal responses of stress are amazing. They can also be extremely detrimental to your health if they occur from unnatural causes of stress. Thankfully, companies like HeartMath are providing products to help normal people deal with stress. Stress signals the human “fight or flight” defense mechanism. Imagine this situation happening to you. Walking through the forest you discover a large bear. It seems agitated by your presence and starts to run in your direction. This is when your natural “fight or flight” defense response kicks your body into hyper drive. Adrenaline increases the ability of your muscles to work and make your heart pump faster. Glycogen is taken from storage in your muscle and liver tissues. This shot of usable energy to the bloodstream is the equivalent to gulping down a large candy bar. Before you know it you have sprinted all the way through the trees and made it back to your van. The stress response also helps you rely on instincts rather than thought. Your actions become more precise and automatic. You react to the changing terrain without thinking. Animals have been using this natural “fight or flight” response ever since the dawn of time.
Stress Has Changed with the Times
Most people never have to worry about actually engaging in a life-or-death situation. However, the human body can’t tell the difference between bears and tax returns. This is where problems start to occur. For starters, candy bars are generally unhealthy. While releasing stored energy into the bloodstream is extremely useful in a life-or-death situation, it can cause big problems for someone who is just sitting around being stressed out. None of that energy gets used because there isn’t anything to actually fight or run from. So the energy ends up causing derangement in the body. The energy is stored back in fat cells even though it comes from muscle or liver storage.
Stress Related Disorders Can Be Prevented
Metabolic derangement such as diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stress-related illness. Stress causes the body to only care about the next 5 minutes. Your body knows that most “fight or flight” situations only last a short amount of time. All systems that do not help you survive the next 5 minutes will be compromised. Without proper digestive systems, and healing systems, a human body can run into trouble quickly. If you suffer from stress, a company like HeartMath may have some solutions that will change your life for the better.