The Biochemical Response to Stress

Seventy-five to ninety percent of all doctors visits are due to stress-related ailments or disorders.

The Biochemical Response to StressThe Biochemical response to stress is to increase the production of the stress hormones cortisol and plasma lactate. This over-production of cortisol and plasma lactate can cause insomnia, headaches and raise blood pressure.

So we understand that stress is our body’s response to anything we perceive as overwhelming. And we know that this response can be either physical or psychological, or both. We also know that ‘Stress’ is often the result of the day-to-day demands of life’s, pleasant or unpleasant, and our lack of resources to meet them.

Therefore, stress is a natural part of life. Without some stress, in our lives, we’d lose our energy for living.

Stress plays a major role in both physical and mental health

Chronic acute stress leads to an out of balance biochemistry with elevated cortisol and suppressed serotonin. These biochemical markers of stress, in turn, lead to ill health and psychosocial disorders. Consequently, stress plays a major causative role in both physical and mental health.

Biochemical Response to Stress

  • can increased catecholamines
  • increased corticotropin
  • over-produce cortisol
  • return to baseline levels when the challenge disappears

Reference: McEwan BS. Protective and damaging effects of stress mediators. New England Journal of Medicine. 1998;338(3):171-179

Stress can affect the onset of or susceptibility to disease. It can also affect the progression or course of a disease, even when there is another cause of the disease; and stress can affect one’s recovery from disease.

Stress has been linked to:

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • the breakdown in the immune system
  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • cardiovascular disease

Related Research findings:

Effects of Chronic Stress on the Brain
Chronic stress creates excessive levels of cortisol in the brain, impairing the function, short term and contextual memory …

Effects of Stress on the Immune System
Chronic stress affects the immune system by increasing sympathetic activity and decreasing cellular immunity …

Effects of Stress on the Cardio System
Chronic stress can create significant damage to the cardiovascular system by increasing the risk of coronary artery disease …

Normal and Abnormal Responses to Stress
When stressed, your body creates extra energy to protect itself. If not used, this extra energy creates an imbalance within your system.

When we are under stress our bodies are functioning in survival mode (fight, flight or freeze)

Learn to meditate, learn how to cope with stressOur immune system weakens, we tend to be more reactive (rather than responsive), more guarded, defensive (crying over spilt milk). And most importantly – our quality of life, our life satisfaction is lowered.

Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. As a result, you no longer store as much stress and tension in your body. This allows you to start responding to life with a positive attitude – relaxed, resilient and care-free. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.

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