Through an examination of the fight and flight response, during a period of stress the functions and processes within the body that are unnecessary to deal with the immediate threat are shut down.
Growth and regeneration of the cells in the body and the immune system all go on hold. Reproduction is stopped by the inhibition of an erection or vaginal lubrication. Digestive mechanisms are restricted while blood sugar levels are increased. Blood flow to the skin is reduced.
It has been noted that as many as 90 percent of visits to a GP are for symptoms that are in part caused by an over activation of the stress response.
Problems such as sexual dysfunction, weight gain, hair loss, skin ailments, memory loss, heart and blood pressure disorders, stress related immunity problems and psychosemantic illnesses are all influenced by stress levels.