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The recovery stage of stress is a journey!
Ideally, the recovery stage of stress would follow the alarm or the resistance stage of stress providing they were short-term stress responses.
Unfortunately, this is seldom the case.
Today, the recovery stage of stress normally follows the “unnatural” exhaustion stage stress that is not part of the original General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).
Hans Selye, a Vienna-born scientist, working in the 20th century, was the first person to describe GAS. The three stages of GAS, as described by Hans Selye are:
- Stage 1: Alarm
- Stage 2: Resistance
- Stage 3: Recovery
Albeit the GAS remains applicable throughout nature, it is our disconnect with nature that makes the GAS much less applicable for people.
Today, the five stages of stress are:
- Stage 1: Alarm
- Stage 2: Resistance
- Stage 3: Chronic Resistance
- Stage 4: Exhaustion
- Stage 5: Recovery
Stages 3 and 4 are normally very debilitating to the mind and body.
However, think of the recovery stage as your reverse-journey. A quick analogy would be like this. Your journey (of stress) began on one side of the country. You traveled many roads (stages of stress) and were subject to many experiences (mental and/or physical manifestations resulting from stress). Finally, you reached the other side of the country (the exhaustion stage of stress).
In reality, you have endured a state of subclinical malnutrition for an undetermined amount of time and as such, the recovery stage of stress could require months or years. Keep in mind, your road to recovery depends on how severe and how long you endured the chronic resistance stage or exhaustion stage of stress.
Most importantly, it greatly depends on your commitment and patience for recovery.
The recovery stage of stress could be painful!
This may not sound inviting, but it is important to realize that the recovery stage of stress could create a certain amount of discomfort. This is more applicable if you spent years in the chronic resistance and/or exhaustion stages of stress.
As you continue your journey through the recovery stage of stress, you may experience a resurfacing of many of the emotional or physical manifestations you experienced during the previous stages of stress. The mind and body possess a memory of the past. This is not your “thinking” memory or recall but in the same context when used as “muscle memory.”
These are often termed as “retracing” and an indicator of a healing. However, as with any symptom it is important to make certain it is a healing reaction and not an indicator for a health problem.
Keep in mind, it is well known that eliminating excessive nutritional elements such as copper or toxic elements can produce discomfort. For example, excess copper and/or mercury can have an affinity for the brain and elimination could produce headaches and other symptoms. Lead has an affinity for the bone and its release, through the joints, could feel like arthritis.
The recovery stage of stress requires a healthy eating plan!
The recovery stage of stress requires targeted nutrition specific to your nutritional needs as revealed in healthy eating.
As you enter the recovery stage of stress, your body chemistry is uniquely yours. This simply means the results of stress produced nutrient excesses and deficiencies as well as increased the potential for toxic elements and chemical toxins.
A healthy eating plan will assist your attempt to rebalance essential minerals and at the same time, detox the body.
The primary goal in the recovery stage of stress is to regain your natural energy through proper nutrition. Natural energy and vitality is your sustainable energy resulting from a dynamic metabolism and healthy lifestyle; not the energy produced by the adrenals and other sympathetic neuroendocrine glands!
Stress management is important for the recovery stage of stress!
Stress, whether physical, psychological, or a combination of both has contributed greatly to put you into this position. Think for a moment, after years or decades of “adapting” to your stressors, you have become quite proficient at adapting. This is an easy trap to fall back into and a stress management program could help you avoid this mistake.
If you are like most, as your natural energy begins to improve you will be tempted to re-enter the very stressors that brought you to the exhaustion stage of stress. As your energy grows, you may feel compelled to work more hours, take on more projects, begin a heavy exercise program, and so on. This is counter-productive to your health goals.
Speaking of exercise, during the recovery stage, any exercise routines should be light and easy. Choosing the wrong exercise program can easily evoke an adrenal response that will be counter to your recovery goals. Take a 20-minute walk, do some yard work, try gardening, or anything that keeps you moving without producing an adrenal response. No strain – no stress!
In addition, keep your negative emotions in check! Negative emotions are known to produce a powerful adrenal response – adrenaline. Adrenaline is “the juice” or payoff you have used in the past to instantly increase your energy. Also, don’t allow what appears as a lack of progress bring about negativity. Remember, replenishing and balancing your nutrition is a journey, not a destination.
A hair analysis, when used as a stress test, can play an important role in your stress management program as well as your road to recovery. Remember, you can fool yourself but the body does not lie!
Hair Analysis and the Recovery Stage of Stress
A hair analysis provides a quantitative means for recovery. Graphically, you will see a variety of changes transpire. At times, a retest may reveal a major change in mineral(s) or a barely noticeable change. Either way, it is important to remember you are now on your reverse-journey.
The goal in the recovery stage is to bring individual minerals and mineral ratios closer to the ideal levels. Because all nutrients have intimate relationships, mineral balancing includes the use of vitamins, amino acids, and fats. This is primarily accomplished through the use of healthy foods specific to your unique nutritional needs and may also include specific dietary supplements.
Keep in mind, by providing your body with the specific nutrients it needs, it will be more capable of removing toxic elements from various storage sites throughout your mind and body. This allows the mind and body to achieve a dynamic state of balance or homeostasis.
On occasion, the analysis may appear worse yet you feel better. On the other hand, the analysis may appear better but you feel worse. Because so many dynamics transpire at the same time, it reinforces the need for consultations and program support. The road to recovery is a journey, not a destination! This is why patience and persistence are important.
As you progress, changes will continue. As a result, food and supplement recommendations change during your nutritional program.
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Follow the Gazelle!
Our gazelle has survived! Again! It was a long process caused by the outer attack by the crocodile and the inner attack by bacteria. The recovery stage will require some time for our gazelle too completely heal. Fortunately, nature possesses an innate wisdom that will guide our gazelle to regain a dynamic nutrient balance for a speedy recovery.
The healing process of the gazelle is enhanced because, unlike humans, it does not possess the emotional baggage from the crocodile attack or the bacterial attack. The gazelle lives in the moment!
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