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THE 3 PHASES OF STRESS

THE 3 PHASES OF STRESS
Stress is stress is stress. 
 
So many people are trying to get healthy through just nutrition alone. But over time, they begin to lose themselves within the journey of healing and that journey becomes obsessive. That obsession alone will create stress and create so many road blocks to your recovery. 
 
Doctor Hans Selye dedicated his life to studying endocrinology (hormones) and stress. In the medical community he’s actually called “the father of stress,” having been the first to make the connection between stress and disease, realizing that there were very similar symptoms connecting patients, no matter the disease.

Dr. Selye defined stress as a “nonspecific response of the body to any demand.”

He also coined what’s called “General Adaptation Syndrome,” which is how the body tries to adapt to stress, both short-term and long-term, and has 3 distinct phases:

ALARM 
This is the body’s normal response to stress, utilizing its resources to maintain stability. The adrenal glands are working hard to:

🔹Mobilize and create glucose (cell fuel)
🔹Numb pain
🔹Increase alertness
🔹Increase blood flow to primary organs
🔹Suppress the immune system
🔹Halt digestion
🔹Halt reproduction
🔹Etc

This stage is meant to be very temporary, but can last as long as your resources (nutrition, rest, lifestyle) can. For some, it’s a long time and for others, not so much.

RESISTANCE
If stress continues, your body will try to adapt to its “new normal.” The body tries to compensate and symptoms start to appear, like:

🔹Cold hands and feet
🔹Constipation
🔹Sick often
🔹Acne
🔹Hair thinning or loss
🔹Weight gain
🔹Muscle loss
🔹PMS
🔹Hot flashes

This can last for YEARS, even DECADES.

EXHAUSTION 
This is the DISEASE stage. The body is so depleted that it cannot adapt. This is where we see:

🔹Autoimmunity
🔹Heart disease
🔹Deep hormonal imbalance
🔹Digestive disorders
🔹Infertility
🔹Depression
🔹Diabetes
🔹And more

This is where you don’t want to be. Unfortunately, a lot of people come to me looking for help in this stage. And I myself have been there.

Stress can be driven be a number of things...more obvious ones like emotional and financial stress to not-so-obvious ones like toxins and not eating enough/right. This is why focusing on you as a whole and the environment you're living in is so much more effective for healing than chasing symptoms with “this” supplement or “that” diet.

Which stage of stress are you in?
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Bible Verses to Help Beat Stress - Calming Scripture Quotes
 
Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Yeshua.
 
John 14:27 
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
 
Psalm 55:22 
22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
 
Matthew 11:28-30
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

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