Our Western lifestyles…….
Our Western lifestyles, and more accurately our perceptions of our stressors, mean that adrenaline is continuously released into our bodies through the HPA axis.
Some of us become adrenaline junkies, as the release of adrenaline provides a temporary high.
The high is always followed by a crash, though, and because of that we continually seek the high again through repeating conflicting and dramatic situations, or through stimulants such as drugs, coffee, and thus the cycle deepens until we reach burnout. Cortisol As well as adrenaline, your body has another stress hormone: cortisol.
When adrenaline starts to come down in the body, cortisol rises.
The more often you activate your adrenaline, the higher the levels of cortisol will become in your body. And cortisol is damaging to your very being.
While your body is making it, it isn’t making dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, which is responsible for many of the health-promoting and protective functions in the body. Low DHEA levels have been linked to numerous dis-eases, while high cortisol levels have been shown to increase fat, reduce memory and learning ability and are linked with bone loss and reduced muscle mass.
We believe that the dis-ease process starts with any negative core beliefs that are developed in the first six years of life.
Any stressful life experiences at this time, anything that we are told about the world and our place in it, any pressures, any traumas, anything that damages our self-esteem or self-worth, if left unresolved, will later affect our health and wellbeing.
A lot of children are told at this early age that they are naughty, shy, stupid, undeserving, selfish, untidy and lazy.
This forms a tendency to negative self-talk, and stress starts to become a predominant life feature.
Many children form the belief that they are just not good enough, not pretty enough, not bright enough, not fast enough, not special enough. And then of course there are the poor diet and lifestyle choices that are increasingly challenging to avoid in the fast-paced Western world that we live in.
Poor eating patterns may start in childhood or develop later in life, but they put a huge strain on our system.
Any negative beliefs that we learned in the early years are then reinforced by upbringing and life pressures.
The chances are that the very people who helped us create those beliefs continue to reinforce them on a regular basis. There is no blame here, by the way, as the people who are enforcing those beliefs have usually had similar experiences in their own lives and are behaving the way they are because of their own imprinting and behavioral fields.
As we get older still, we may also choose to abuse substances or self-medicate in order to cope with the stress that we are experiencing due to the traumas that we are holding in our fields. And so the cycle deepens.
Even if we have been lucky enough to avoid ill-health in childhood, as we age many of us who are caught in this cycle of dis-ease develop a tendency to frequent infections, colds and flu. Culturally we are encouraged to tackle these with antibiotics and medication.
This leads to an increase in body acidity and compromising of the gut flora, and conditions such as Candida can then take hold.
When Candida becomes prevalent in the body, the gut flora loses its full ability to absorb nutrients and there is a toxic build-up and a subsequent further debilitation of the immune system.
For many people this leads to allergies and food intolerances.
The body then goes into constant stress, typified by an increase in HPA stimulation, adrenal burnout and rising cortisol levels in the body.
What follows is lowered physical and mental ability to deal with life and a worsening of symptoms.