Why do we get symptoms of pain or sickness? Do you know there is a process that the body follows in creating a healing response. Have you ever been “sick” after a stressful event? Or do you get “sick” on vacation?
Our body’s innate intelligence follows a cycle to react to daily stressful events we experience so that we can stay healthy.
When we experience a stressful event, our body starts to react. It activates the sympathetic nervous system to go into a flight, fight, or freeze response. Generally, during this sympathetic state, you don’t feel any pain because your body is operating at a heightened emergency level. There are underlying changes in organ tissues to support you through this process. Once there is a solution the body begins the regeneration cycle where restoration and normalization of the organ tissue occurs. Then we switch to activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
We experience these different phases regularly.
For example, our body is mostly in a sympathetic state during the day to be awake, and then at night, we enter the parasympathetic state when we sleep. After a shocking and stressful event, however, the body stays in the sympathetic state until a solution occurs for the issue. The body then goes into the parasympathetic state. At night, if we’ve experienced a shock earlier in the day and continue in the sympathetic state, we may find that we can’t sleep well; we’ll toss and turn and sleep lightly, not getting a good restorative sleep.
While under stress, there is a growth of fungi, bacteria, or a virus that will generate but remain dormant until the regeneration phase. Microbes will be created in direct proportion to fix the tissues damaged during the stress stage.
Bacteria, viruses, and fungi produced during the stress phase support the actions of the regeneration phase depending on the type of tissue affected.
In some organ tissues there is an increase in cell growth during the stress phase, so during the repair stage, the extra cells are eaten away by bacteria or fungi to return to homeostasis. So when you have extra bacterial or fungal imbalances it relates your need for a cleanup crew to come into your cells to get rid of extra cellular waste you produced during the stress stage.
Remember, we have ten times more microbes in our body than actual organ tissues. Each of these microbes has a function to help repair or rebuild tissues after a stress response. Viruses are brought into the cells to help in the rebuilding process.
So if you get the flu, it is because you need to strengthen your cells that were damaged earlier during the stress phase.
The regeneration phase generates “sick” symptoms of pain, congestion, edema, and fatigue as part of the healing process. We feel like we need to rest more, and we should, to keep the regeneration phase moving forward.
I believe it is essential to understand your symptoms and if you are in a stress or regeneration phase, so you can support yourself correctly. The more support you give your body, the quicker it will move back to health.
Jane Oelke, ND, PhD, LPHCS