Stressed Nerves – Problem or Symptom?
What is “stress” any way? Webster’s defines it as,
“Force exerted upon a body… the intensity of such force… and mental or physical tension or strain.”
The human body is not a static thing like a still-life painting. There are literally billions of activities going on inside of one at any given moment. Despite that, there are parts of a body that are relatively static, like bones, for instance.
In the movie series The Karate Kid the main character is a boy mentored by a Japanese-American gardener named Mr. Miyagi. Miyagi teaches the youngster that, ” Life is a question of balance. ‘Wax on, wax off’ is his mantra — he teaches the lesson by having the kid wax his car. With his left arm going in one direction, and his right in the opposite direction he repeats the mantra until he understands the connection.
The human body maintains its own set of balances. The title given to this state, which exists when the body is in good health, is “homeostasis.” Homeostasis is defined as,
“the tendency of a system, especially the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus that would tend to disturb its normal condition or function.”
A break in that balanced stability — a break in homeostasis — is not a disease but it can lead to disease or illness, if allowed to continue without relief.
Human Fuse Box
The nervous system is actually a conglomeration of highways and terminals designed to handle overloads and, at times, fire off like fuses in a home’s electrical system.
Too many overloads without proper recovery is too much stress on the system. Some signs of stress are:
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- general unhappiness
- Fat gain
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
Momentary events like exercise, receiving bad news, losing something valuable, anticipation of an important event, good or bad, and others, can trigger short-term stress reactions. Not all of these are bad. In fact, one could say that some of the joy in life comes from these momentary stresses, like the thrill of jumping out of an airplane with a parachute strapped to one’s back, or falling in love.
The true test, however, is how the body bounces back from these events and recovers its homeostasis condition.
The challenging environment we live in makes daily dietary supplementation from outside sources a necessary ingredient in our daily lives, if we are to take control over our health.
Stressed nerves, then, are by themselves part of the human condition of survival and living and health. It’s when their ability to recover from external stimuli compromises homeostasis, that the need for proper dietary supplements becomes critical.
The bottom line about stressed nerves is that they are part of the human condition, which, at times, perform a vital function for maintaining good health.
DISCLAIMER: As with all of our blog posts, the information contained in this article is presented for educational purposes only. We are not medical professionals, and our data are not meant to diagnose any condition. We recommend that you discuss your personal health and any medical condition with a competent practitioner, especially one who understands natural remedies for any ills or disease.
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