Stress is something we cannot put our finger on, we cannot measure it, and often we dismiss stress as not being real. But, in reality our bodies are driven by the nervous system which tries to maintain a perfect balance. The body is a miraculous creation, we have many built-in options to try to keep us healthy and safe. But, just like an automobile if we do not take care of our bodies, the options wear out, switches get broken, and safety features fail.
For instance: Your central nervous system has two branches, the parasympathetic (think: peace) nervous system and the sympathetic (think: stress) nervous system. The two work like a switch — when one is turned on, the other is off.
Next week I will start a series on how to help minimize the effects of stress on your health.