How to Measure Flight or Fight Stress

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

How to Measure Flight or Fight

When you go to the doctor and they do a blood test, something doesn’t show up.

Early symptoms of a condition may not show up because they might take a while to develop.

There is a test I do in my clinic that is very sensitive and it picks up the early stages of different situations.

It measures the autonomic nervous system which means non-voluntary automatic system that works on autopilot like breathing and your heart rate.

It is the nervous system that regulates on and off functions or the turning up or down of different glands.

There are two divisions:

  • One is called the sympathetic. Another name for sympathetic is flight or fight, which is your body’s ability to handle stress.
    The sympathetic nervous system runs on adrenaline that turns things on.

  • The off switch is the parasympathetic that has to do with rest, digestion, and sleep.

When a person is in stressed state, they have problems such as:

  • Reproductive

  • Hormonal

  • Digestive

  • Sleep 

The two divisions keep going back and forth.

When you are in a relaxed state, you are healing and that’s when your metabolism is working.

Sympathetic is your ability to handle stress and parasympathetic is your ability to recover from stress. 

This is what I measure with my equipment.

In our clinic, we can visualize what is going on with stress in the body, and see how it is affecting and responding.

For more information about Dr. Berg's 3-day intensive program in Alexandria, Virginia, call 703-354-7336.

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