What is the Resistance Stage of Stress?
The resistance stage of stress is the continuum and normal progression of the stress response. However, you must have the nutritional ability to progress from the alarm stage to the resistance stage of stress.
The alarm stage is the instantaneous or short-term response to a stressor. As you move into the resistance stage, your senses remain heightened because of the psychophysiological changes produced by the HPA axis.
The alarm stage is very inflammatory and the resistance stage attempts to bring about a normalization or homeostasis by reengaging the parasympathetic neuroendocrine system. The resistance stage increases potassium. The rise in potassium produces a rise in anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids.
The resistance stage causes further changes in your nutritional needs. Remaining in the resistance stage of stress can also produce a variety of mental or physical symptoms and manifestations. See Beyond Symptoms
Hair Analysis and the Resistance Stage of Stress
Hair analysis can reveal the resistance stage of stress. Here again, it is important to consider many patterns revealed on the results for proper interpretation. Remember, during the alarm stage you seen a rise in sodium. During the resistance stage, you will see an increase of potassium. At this point, both sodium and potassium rise above ideal levels. Alternatively, they or may or may not dominate over calcium and magnesium because many people are not utilizing calcium and magnesium properly (bio-unavailabe).
During the resistance stage of stress, additional nutrient imbalances occur. Excessive potassium becomes antagonistic toward calcium and magnesium. Graphically, you will normally see a rise or excess of both sodium and potassium and a deficiency of calcium and magnesium. Paradoxically, due to the increase of potassium, the sodium/potassium ratio may begin to move toward a more balanced state. However, two important hair analysis ratios, the calcium/potassium (thyroid indicator) and sodium/magnesium (adrenal indicator) ratios are becoming imbalanced.
Additional nutrient imbalances occur that include zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium and vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. Here again, because of nutrient interrelationships, amino acids and fatty acids are equally affected.
Due to the imbalances in essential nutrients, your body’s ability to detoxify toxic elements becomes impaired.
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Follow the Gazelle!
Our gazelle barely escaped the jaws of the hungry alligator! In an instant, our gazelle is moving into the resistance stage of stress. At this time, our gazelle is fleeing the banks of the watering hole and attempting to put some distance between itself and the alligator. Fortunately, being well nourished, the gazelle was able too quickly move into the resistance stage.
The gazelle has finally reached a safe distance from the alligator. The threat is over; however, the physiological changes from the alarm stage remain. Unlike us, the gazelle will not give another thought to the life-threatening event. But wait, our gazelle may be heading toward the chronic resistance stage of stress!
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