Nerve food against stress

Chronic stress is harmful

For example, increased stress hormone levels cause both blood sugar and cholesterol levels to rise, increasing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Blood pressure also rises under the influence of stress. Chronic stress also blocks digestion, which on the one hand leads to poor utilisation of food and thus to a lack of vital substances in the long term, and on the other hand to inadequate elimination of toxins and waste products. The stress hormones also reduce the immune system and make it more susceptible to infections of all kinds. At the same time, the thyroid gland is stimulated to release more hormones.


The stress-induced metabolic derailment

The thyroid hormone thyroxine now increases the metabolism, which can be helpful in the short term, but in the long term – i.e. with chronic stress – together with the stress hormones can lead to a permanent metabolic derailment.

Such a stress-related metabolic state is called a catabolic metabolic state (the opposite would be an anabolic metabolic state). In this context, catabolic means that the organism increasingly breaks down vital endogenous substances in order to meet the increased stress-related energy demand. This means that it breaks down nutrient and micronutrient stocks, it breaks down muscles, it breaks down bones, etc.

In healthy people, catabolic and anabolic metabolic processes complement each other continuously. So there is an alternating breakdown and build-up. Old tissue is broken down, new tissue is built up. Nutrients are used up, new nutrients are stored. Calcium is taken from the bones and used up, new calcium is taken from the food and put back into the bones. So here the body is well supplied and in a harmonious balance.



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