of Functional Stress
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The Compensation phase is taking you
to the outside envelope of normal function, pushing the body
to the edge of the functional buffer cushion. When you are
in the Compensation phase you are demanding that organ reserves
be thrown into the battle. You are dancing on the metabolic
engine red-line. But you can do it. For a while. On occasion.
Guess what. Burn the candle on both
ends too often and you can go over the edge into a functional
problem. When the time of high demand is through then it is
important to recharge the batteries. My guess is that you
already knew that. But most of us ignore it anyway. After
all, we are still feeling good.
Physiologically, the period of extra
stress is coped with by additional adrenalin and cortisol,
lower sex hormones and higher nutritional turnover. The toxic
load is stable but at a higher level than in the Optimal phase.
This means more cellular and possibly genetic damage can occur,
though repair pathways are still keeping up and are not deferred
for long. During these times maintaining healthy habits of
sleep, meditation, exercise, rest and good food are especially
important. Ironically, these are the times that these smart
habits get dropped.
Of course, emergencies occur that demand
that we postpone what would ordinarily be best for us. But
realize that your performance will not be up to par if you
don't recharge. Remaining on continuous "war footing"
will eventually take its toll.
Next step downhill:
[ Dyscompensation ]
Next step uphill: [ Optimum ]