Either it is internal or naturally occurring like aging, generic processes or sexuality; or external or the manageable ones such as poor diet, alcohol or drug abuse. Either way, Stress is defined as
“the rate of wear and tear in the human machinery which accompanies any vital activity”.
It happens to us all the time, but sometimes we are not aware of it until we are totally down already. We undergo Physiologic Stress when there is a disruption in our bodily organs or system making us more susceptible to microorganisms; Pathologic Stress when there is a disease or bodily harm like surgery, fever, infection; Metabolic Stress when we are fighting off those above mentioned disruptions (here includes the emotional stress you are probably looking for).
What I would like to point out here is the nutritional imbalance this stress can affect. And so:
• CALCIUM intake should be increased because emotional and physical stress increases its excretion and decreases its absorption. You don’t want to lose a tooth or bend your back due to stress, won’t you?
• PROTEIN intake should also be monitored since more of it will be broken down during such state. Muscle wasting will then take effect (your body will eat up your muscles if there are no enough protein available for it), plus your need for antibody production and recuperation is affected (like wound healing, infections, etc.)
• BALANCED DIET is needed to maintain healthy weight since stress increases basal metabolic rate (or energy usage), so try to have the Carbo-protein-fat balance diet.
• SMALL FREQUENT FEEDING is advisable to deal with stress better. Keep in mind that emotional stress increases gastric acid secretions thus relating it to acidity and even peptic ulcer.
• THIAMINE AND VITAMIN C are emphasized for these prevent nervousness, irritability, loss of memory or concentration ability.
Now, I tell you…it is not easy being stressed! So try not to be. Keep smiling!