Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stress, Adrenal Fatigue and the Immune System

Everyone experiences stress.

Whether it is everyday hassles, such as being stuck in traffic, or more acute forms of stress, such as pain or traumatic experiences, stress plays a part in everyone's lives.

A stressor is any stimuli that causes a nonspecific response in an individual, otherwise known as stress There are two main categories of stress: acute and chronic. Acute stressors include uncontrollable situations, physical illness, surgery, and traumatic experiences. Chronic stressors include sleep deprivation, daily "hassles", work overload or under-load, role strains, or social isolation. There are, of course, many more things that can cause stress, but these are the stressors most common.

Psychological stress has been shown to over-tax the adrenals and weaken the immune system increasing the susceptibility to viral infection. Subjects exposed to stress showed increases in infection rates from 74% to 90%, and clinical colds rose from 27% to 47%. This is not surprising, as stress does suppress the immune system; this is supported by studies showing that colds and other infections manifest themselves on weekends after busy and stressful work weeks.

In Health,
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