The word stress comes from the Latin strigi, which means, “to be drawn tight.” Anyone who has experienced stress knows this is a very apt description.
There are four types of stress: eustress (good), distress (bad), hyperstress (too much), and hypostress (not enough). Regardless of the type, stress produces physical, psychological, emotional, and behavioral symptoms including:
- Racing heart
- Tight chest
- Dry mouth
- Muscle twitches
- Frequent attacks of flu and sore throat
- Poor concentration
- Bad dreams
- Sexual dysfunction
- Negative thoughts (including thoughts of suicide)
- Sleep disturbances
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Low self-esteem
- Neglected self-care
- Tendency to avoid social activities
- Substance abuse
- Lack of confidence
Stress is worse than you may think. In fact, some doctors believe stress is the major cause of all disease. It tears away at every body system, including your brain. Even worse, the stress of your past experiences also magnifies your reactivity to stress in the future.
Stress has a central command post—the hypothalamus, which regulates heart rate, blood pressure, and all involuntary bodily functions. Under long or extreme stress, the brain and its chemistry change, resulting in long- and short-term changes to behavior, personality, and even memory. Stress lowers natural immunity and allows damage to tissues, resulting in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Stress also makes it hard to lose weight.
Fortunately, stress can be reduced and prevented and the symptoms can be reversed over time. A drink comprised of whole fruits can be used to protect the cellular DNA that might be damaged by cortisol. A supplement of omega-three fatty acids can protect the hypothalamus in the brain from becoming overworked, confused, or shutting down. A green drink can reduce the toxins from stress by helping them leave through the colon quickly. Each of these products contains antioxidants and can help reduce free radicals. When I travel to foreign countries, I experience jet lag and stress. I always try to sleep 12 hours and have a green drink to get me jump-started again.