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Overcoming the stress

We are faced with more and more stress in our lives, stress leads to sleep disorders, stomach ulcer, increased blood pressure, asthma, migraines and many other disorders. Prolonged or severe stress also leads to premature aging and the development of degenerative diseases. Stress devastates your body depriving it of beneficial nutrients, as a robber devastates a bank. Unfortunately, due to high social requirements, we are inevitably faced with stressors. If it is impossible to change the situation, then we must help the body to withstand it. Amino acids in this case are the best helpers.

Whether you are being late because you are stuck in a traffic jam, or you are worried before the exam, or your phone suddenly ran down when you needed to make a phone call–the body reaction may be the same: sweating, heavy breathing, fever sensation, blood throbbing in the ears, spasm in the stomach, emotional numbing or fear. These and many other symptoms are based on the same internal biochemical mechanism–an increase in the synthesis and release of the hormone and neurotransmitter adrenaline, which leads to significant biochemical, neurological and physiological changes that help the body withstand stress. These processes are called response to stress.

Severe physical exhaustion, injuries and severe diets provoke stress, but stress is caused not only by physical factors. Emotions–anger, fear, frustration, agitation–are also stressful.

It is very important to understand the impact of stress responses and biochemical changes. IMS program offers a way to successfully confront stress by providing the body with the right set of nutrients that strengthen health, emotions and prevent premature aging.

LET'S LOOK INSIDE STRESS

Each person's reactions to stress look different, but the biological nature of these responses is the same in each case and is called the general adaptation syndrome (GAS), whose goal is the vital maintenance of the structural and functional stability of the body called homeostasis. Each stressor disrupts homeostasis to a certain extent. The GAS consists of three stages:

  • alarm
  • resistance
  • exhaustion

The alarm stage is responsible for the instinctive reaction "fight or run." At this stage, the bioelectric activity of the brain changes, blood circulation in muscles increases, and a huge dose of adrenaline is rapidly released. These changes are called the response of the sympathetic nervous system.

The resistance stage causes the restructuring of the body's defense systems, adaptation to the action of the stressor. The body's resistance rises above the norm, and not only to the agent that caused the stress, but also to other pathogenic stimulus. If the action of the stress agent ceases or weakens, the changes it caused in the body are gradually normalized. If the stressor continues to act even longer, then the next stage begins.

The exhaustion stage is not very common. But if this happens, the weakened system collapses and chronic fatigue and various diseases develop. The stage of exhaustion rarely lasts long, except for extreme shock and the elderly age. However, if this happens, it leads to death.

Let's see what biochemical changes can be caused by stress in your body in the alarm and resistance stages:

  • the protein is destroyed, mainly in the muscles
  • fats are broken down
  • salt is preserved, and minerals, such as potassium, are lost
  • protein synthesis in the liver slows down, kidney function is impaired, immunity weakens, leading to fatigue and diseases
  • the body's own amino acids are used only as a source of energy in response to the enormous metabolic needs of the body under stress and are not used for other vital functions.

Each of us is different in how long we can resist stress before the stage of exhaustion ensues. And although your reaction to stress can only partially undergo the above changes under normal conditions, your metabolic balance will slowly but surely be broken with minor daily stresses. It depends both on the stress itself and on your nutritional support. With a normal level of nutrients, we can withstand a lot of stresses, but if the nutrients are deficient, we quickly reach exhaustion.

You can use amino acids and their helpers to strengthen basic vital activity and resistance to stress so that you never reach the stage of exhaustion. In this case, you will need not just one or two amino acids, but a special complex.

To understand why, let's look at this process from the inside:

The key point in the general adaptation syndrome is the release of adrenaline–the driving force of the stress reaction. This important hormone is produced from the amino acid phenylalanine. Given how many nutrients are involved in this process, we will take a step-by-step look at how important each individual element of this chain is and how they affect each other. This process resembles a relay race, the prize in which will be adrenaline.

The first one to start is the amino acid precursor of phenylalanine, which reacts with the enzyme phenylalanine-4-monooxidase, which turns into L-Dopa, another amino acid. At this stage, vitamin B6 and phosphorus are activated together, as coenzymes that convert L-Dopa into the catecholamine neurotransmitter dopamine. This complex of biochemical reactions takes place with the participation of magnesium.

In the next stage, noradrenaline is produced from dopamine. This is possible only with the interaction of dopamine with vitamin C and copper ions.

At the final stage, noradrenaline is converted into adrenaline, which is so necessary for our body, only this reaction is also activated by S-adenosyl-methionine.

This means that it is vital to concentrate on a specific set of nutrients, rather than on one or two elements.

 

Reducing stress

By nourishing your body with pure amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary to fight stress, you can surprisingly change your life and improve your health. And, despite the enormous complexity of the interrelated biochemical reactions involved in this process, this task does not seem to be such a complicated puzzle. It is necessary to observe three rules:

1. We follow the right diet.

2. We add to it the necessary nutrients in certain proportions and create optimal conditions for their use.

3. We maintain a sufficient level of physical activity.

Let's take a quick look at the substances that are necessary for stress reactions and the ways of their metabolism.

Let's start with the protein breakdown. The breakdown of proteins increases during stress, resulting in an increased content of ammonia in the body. The body can get rid of this poison only due to a cycle of urea and urinary excretion. This metabolic process occurs only with the participation of the amino acid glutamine. Then, to maintain a significant increase in the thyroid needs during stress, our body needs the amino acid tyrosine and trace element iodine. Combining in the thyroid gland, they form the hormone thyroxine, which regulates metabolic processes, both in a single cell and in the whole body.

Adrenaline is synthesized directly from phenylalanine, tyrosine and methionine–the most powerful antidote to stress known to science.

You can resist stress by following a program of metabolic nutrition based on the complex use of amino acids to maintain health at a high level.

We recommend to combine the intake of amino acids with a program of physical activity

Protocol:

1. Stress resistance

2. IMS Food Protocol

3. Affiliate Physical Self-Help Program

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