Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Stress: A Biochemical Perspective, Part II

Let’s look at an example of a person under stress and follow the progression of the biochemistry. This will help you understand what the stress does to you and what your options are to help yourself.
A particular company is laying off people. George loses the job he has had for years. It was totally unexpected and he is devastated. BIG TIME STRESS! Because he is the family’s main bread winner, his anxiety increases and depression is knocking on the door due the uncertainty of what the future might hold financially for his family.

Let’s shift now to what is happening biochemically in George’s body. “Instantly, his body responds to the stress chemicals released into the blood stream, such as adrenaline, by increasing blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen intake, and blood flow to muscles.”¹ The immune, digestive and excretory systems slowed or shut down. The liver and muscles began to breakdown stored glycogen into glucose for energy. Finally his body was ready to produce glucose from protein. This is a short description of the fight or flight response.

Because George is caught in fight or flight, his muscles, as well as his brain, need this glucose. They also need vitamin C and B complex, complete protein and alkaline minerals from whole food sources. Also, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water is essential, as fluoride blocks one of the steps in the production of glucose for energy.²

In summary, what does all this mean in regard to George or anyone else suffering from an overwhelming amount of stress? With a basically good diet, plenty of pure, fluoride-free water, and good whole food supplements one will be better equipped to handle the stress. For example, George would be able to more calmly formulate a plan to find new employment. On the other hand, absence of a good diet, supplements and pure water could cause him to experience adrenal fatigue, a stress-related illness and, in the worst case scenario, a nervous breakdown.

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression or anxiety due to abnormal demands or stressors, it is my sincere hope that you will consider the recommendations I’ve made. I have helped many people in these situations. Please feel free to call me at 773-262-7611.

• Adrenal Fatigue – the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L Wilson, ND, DC, PhD.
• “Stress”, by Dr. Richard Murray. Biomedical Nitty Gritty, Vol. 7, No. 4.