Fight or Flight: How Your Body Responds to Fear
A racing heart, sweaty hands, a pounding headache, trouble sleeping. We’ve all experienced these during times of overwhelming stress, but what’s really going on underneath the surface?
When a human cell is in stress mode, it becomes a mini fortress. It is closed, doesn’t absorb nutrition and it doesn’t release toxins and waste. It becomes both energy- and oxygen-deficient, and it’s much more likely to manifest into a disease gene. According to research from Harvard and Stanford, when this failure mechanism is turned on in your brain, you can experience negative health effects that range from depression and high blood pressure to illness, insomnia and poor digestion. It makes it extremely difficult to be happy, healthy and successful. When a cell is in optimum growth mode, however, it remains open and absorbs nutrition, oxygen and energy — the cell releases toxins and wastes, and it reproduces. It’s also impervious to disease.
God brilliantly designed our bodies for survival. When a bear is chasing you or a car runs a red light or a bomb goes off, your stress response kicks in to help you react quickly and get out of danger. It’s a fantastic body process in the short-term.
The problem is that many of us live our entire lives in this state of stress, or fear. Troubled relationships, a difficult boss, an overloaded schedule, bad traffic or even addiction to our iPhones can put us in this state of high alert. Our stress response glands kick into high gear and continually flood our body with the stress hormones continually. These hormones that are so helpful when reacting to an immediate danger can be deadly in the long-term.
Adrenal glands are small glands with a big role in stress regulation. Located on top of both kidneys, they produce the stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol which tells the body to go into fight or flight mode. Cortisol plays several important roles in the body including control of the sleep/wake cycle. It is released during times of stress to help your body get an energy boost and better handle an emergency situation.
The adrenal glands also control the release of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), which both help you cope with physical and emotional stress. Among other things, these hormones are capable of increasing the heart rate and force of heart contractions, increasing blood flow to the muscles and brain, control the squeezing of the blood vessels (vasoconstriction), which helps maintain blood pressure and increasing it in response to stress.
Epinephrine and norepinephrine are often activated in stressful situations when your body needs additional resources and energy to endure unusual strain.
To make matters more complicated when it comes to managing stress, you might not even be aware of all of the things that are kicking your stress response into high gear. Many times our stressors are tucked away in our unconscious mind. These painful and stressful memories that have stuck with us over time can make it difficult to address stress, because we can’t pin down the cause.
The Healing Codes, which I have developed over many years, activate healing centers in the body to help you discover and reprogram subconscious memories causing you stress. The Healing Codes have helped thousands of people from all over the world correct physical, emotional, relational and success issues and they can help you.
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, but these systems designed to protect us in times of stress can hurt us when they run on overdrive. The first step to treating and preventing disease is to get our stress under control – not just externally, but in the most remote parts of our heart and soul.
I’m confident that the tools and resources available on this website will help you on this journey to stress-free living.