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  • Writer's pictureDr. Alla Arutcheva

How different types of stress affect our health

When we do not recognize a different kind of stress in our life (mental, poor diet, toxins) our immune system becomes suppressed and it will eventually turn to disease and physical pain.

Physical signs and symptoms are an indication of how we adapt ourselves to certain environments. Pain is a signal that we are compromising our life. It gives us a sign that it is time to change our perspective, our attitude, diet, and lifestyle.

Health is a generous solution life presents to us.

Stress: emotional - nutritional - environmental

Stress is one of the major cause or contributing factors to disease. In the life span, people have a variety of different unpleasant situations from minor to substantial irritations.

However, our mind and body have been assaulted not only by emotional stress but by an exponentially increasing number of noxious environmental toxins that we breathe, drink, eat and put on our skin.

The modern era of stress research began in 1956, when a Canadian researcher and endocrinologist Hans Selye (1907-1982) published his book "The Stress of Life.” He described the effect of stress (stimulus) on the human body. Selye called the response by the body the general adaptation syndrome. Selye considered "stress," not only as an emotional impact, but it could be anything from prolonged food deprivation to the exposure body to a foreign substance. His famous and revolutionary concept of stress discovered that hormones stimulated by stress factors participate in the development of many degenerative diseases.

First stress affects the body’s cells. If the stimulus is removed quickly or the reaction to stress is not so strong, cells will still be damaged, but the damage is reversible.

If the stimulus is continued, then the body response must continue to resist its effect. When a state of compensation is reached, cells start to lose nutrients and become exhausted.

Stress impacts the brain's command over the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) that regulates all the bodily unconscious functions (blood vessels, glands, digestion, breathing and more).

The sympathetic nervous system is known as "fight or flight" system.

The parasympathetic system known as the "rest and digest" system.

These two systems cannot simultaneously dominate. Chronic stress decreases all parasympathetic actions and increases sympathetic activity. The consequences of chronic stress are listed bellow.

Living cells are highly intelligent complex systems that are constantly making decisions in response to internal and external signals. Our body consists of congruently functioning cells. When person refuses to adapt to life and handle stress situation, changes and derangement on cells level will affect organ and lead to disease.

Our body consists of trillions cells that form tissues and organs.

All life begins in the cell, is maintained by the cell and ceases by the cell. Cells are the bricks and mortar from which all living tissues and organs are made. A healthy body is determined by the collective health of each one of its cells. All disease originates at the molecular and cellular level. Each organ has its own function and the same time works in compliance with others. As a part of nature our body works in compliance with environment. Society, environment, traditions is constantly impact on function of our body. The way how we adapt to environmental triggers determines our inner health.

“Researchers are trying desperately to find the cause of cancer, but, in reality, it is not caused by just one factor. This is true for other illnesses as well, because of various factors surrounding us – food. water, medicine, lack of exercise, stress, living environment – all intricately influence our bodies and lead to the development of illness” Hiromi Shinya, MD, 2007,

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