Does Stress Affect Hormone Levels?
The question commonly debated is the effects of stress on hormonal responses.
In general, stress is equal in its capacity to harm you as seriously as any environmental pollutant which we normally come into contact. Quoting Dr. Gary Null, “Stress creates a cascade of powerful hormones and hormonal stress, including cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline. These are important factors necessary to a fight or flight response, however, they can be harmful if not abated.”
Null further summarizes pages and pages of discussion by asserting “if you’re under continuous stress, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get sick, it’s a matter of when.”
A survey of significant literature on the subject prescribed three solutions to combating significant signs of stress: (1) exercise; (2) positive mental attitude; and (3) nutrition or nutritional supplements. The first two we can summarize easily. If your medical practitioner gives the green light, exercise a minimum of 20 minutes every day; walk, swim, run, aerobics, it doesn’t matter just do it! On the second prescription, you can only be happy if you think happy thoughts.
The subject of nutrition is much more complex. Dr. Jack Pfeiffer, Director of Vascular Surgery, at a prominent Midwestern Medical Center, is a noted authority on naturopathic, herbal, and vitamin supplements. His well-studied, documented recommendations for nutritional supplementation for stress start with the use of photonutrient complexes and recommends buying the highest quality you can find, including natural ingredients and a regimen that requires an AM and PM dose. Photonutrient complexes contain a combination of all the ingredients found in nature rather than just the so-called “active ingredients” manufacturers decide to put in their pills. Taking high doses of the synthetic or fractionated beta carotene and other antioxidants commonly sold in stores can actually result in impaired immunity, which is exactly the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.
Typically, for signs of stress, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and B12 blended together with Vitamin A/Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and minerals are recommended. Dr. Pfeiffer lectures around the world and his message is to take naturally blended photonutrient complexes that have been scientifically blended for maximum body absorption. He further states that proper dosage is every 12 hours; the body will pass or use in the system in approximately 12 hours the benefits, thus, and AM and PM regimen is required. The dosage should be pre-calculated in the overall formulation of the vitamins (with minerals and herbs) so the individual is not left to guess on dosage.