The biggest barrier to recovery and healing is stress – the activation of the flight or fight mechanism. It is called the sympathetic nervous system. When you are in sympathetic dominance, you have high levels of cortisol and high levels of adrenaline. Both are produced by the adrenal gland.
Why does stress trigger the fight-or-flight mechanism?
The activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the activation of cortisol was not designed to go more than 90 seconds. The problem is nowadays it is on all day long. Our environment, our life, is filled with things that keep us in stress mode. When the body is in flight-or-fight, it is preparing for emergency survival, running away from something or fighting. You will not heal a hundred percent if you are in this mode.
Symptoms of chronic stress and fight-or-flight mode
If you notice yourself in state of stress you’ll notice light breathing, you are almost holding your breath. To relax, slow down your breathing, breathe in count to five very slowly and then breathe out counting to five.
The key is the exhalation. Slowing down your exhalation indirectly causes your nervous system adrenals to chill out. If you’re trying to go to bed you can focus on your breathing.
Ketosis is the state of fat-burning. It’s a low stress activity for the brain and the cells. It’s a more efficient fuel source for the metabolism. Dr. Berg likes to combine this with intermittent fasting because this takes the stress way down. You actually no longer run your body on blood sugar so you don’t have the ups and downs. You can imagine how much stress comes with your high sugar or low sugar. If we could run your body on fat fuel it’s much better for the brain. It’s much better for your energy and your nervous system and to lower stress.
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