In part 5 of Hydrate or Die I’m going to talk about stress and depression, but cheer up it’s not all bad 🙂
Depression is said to exist when the brain finds it difficult to cope with a stressful emotional state as well as cope with other attention-demanding activities at the same time.
This situation can become so all-consuming that the person becomes incapacitated by it, and in the long run such a stressful drain on the brain can lead to different physical and mental manifestations which are labelled by doctors according to that individuals outward behaviour patterns.
Some form of ‘depression’ is said to be a natural phenomenon and plays a vital part in developing a persons character and in coping with these different feelings of negativity helps to develop our ‘inner metal.’
Depression is almost always a passing feeling if love, care and empathy are available to push the individual towards a resolution of the negative thoughts.
It’s unfortunate, but not all individuals can cope with these inner feelings of negativity and are often prescribed medications to help them cope with the depression.
These chemicals can be quite dangerous and lead to other issues further along the road. Depression as such isn’t a deficiency of Prozac but rather a state that can dome about through dehydration.
When you understand the pathology that is associated with ‘social-stresses’ such as fear, anxiety, insecurity and persistent emotional problems. The resulting onset of depression can be traced back dehydration and a water deficiency in the brain.
I’ll explain: The brain uses water to produce hydro-electricity to provide energy for all the functions of the brain. With a deficiency of an adequate water supply the level of energy produced by the water drive of these hydro-electric pumps is decreased and many of the brains functions that are dependant on this go down.
This inadequacy of brain function is recognised as depression and this depressive state caused by dehydration can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. If we return the body back to optimal levels of hydration then the brain will be able to function more efficiently therefore improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue considerably.
When the body becomes dehydrated the physiological responses that occur are the same as what happen when coping with stressful situations.
Therefore dehydration causes stress and stress causes further dehydration!
When you have an argument with your spouse, a disagreement at work or through ‘things not going your way’ you can feel stressed. These are ‘stresses’ that you recognise. But the body can also become stressed for other reasons.
Imagine your body as the most stressful person you know, the slightest little thing tips them over the edge. Your body is like the person.
So when you don’t drink water, your body becomes stressed.
When you have poor nutritional habits, your body becomes stressed.
When you don’t sleep properly, your body becomes stressed.
When you drink alcohol, your body becomes stressed.
All these stresses add up and your body reacts in the same way by assuming a crisis situation and goes into a ‘fight or flight’ stance.
When this survival mechanism kicks in the body dumps a ton of hormones into the blood stream to ready the body to fight or run for its life.
One of the hormones released is cortisol. Cortisol is know as the ‘stress’ hormone.
Cortisol along with cortisone are responsible for the ‘remobilisation’ of energy stores in a crisis situation as well as suppressing the immune system, thus reducing inflammation and pain at sites of injury.
During evolution this ‘stress response’ secured the survival of the human race but it would seen that the body doesn’t recognise the new social situation that modern man now lives in, at least on a biological level.
Normally the ‘fight or flight’ response would be a short term response to the perceived emergency situation and the body would return to normal once the danger had passed. But if the body remains stressed through dehydration, poor nutrition, alcohol, smoking, lack of sleep etc. then cortisone and cortisol levels will remain elevated and the body will continue to feed off itself breaking down muscles tissue and damaging bone.
So by removing the ‘stress’ will help the body to return back to it’s ‘normal’ operating mode and in effect help to relieve depression.
Start by cleaning up your diet by removing all nutritional stresses and increasing your water intake. Once the body is back in balance you will notice you are more able to cope with stress and will be less likely to develop depression and chronic fatigue.
Author: Commando Fitness Blueprint
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