A description of the physiological response to stress, including the release of “fight or flight” hormones, a rapid spike in blood sugar and the shunting of blood away from internal organs including the organs of reproduction and digestion, in favour of the muscles that are necessary for running and/or fighting. This process is necessary for survival, but is designed to be used for a very short time. It is akin to using your car’s 1st gear to climb a hill. The car will burn out quickly if you fail to shift out of first gear.
Nutritionist and writer Johnny Bowden is the author of a book describing the 150 healthiest foods on the planet. The New York Times published its 11 key recommendations for healthy foods that you may not be eating.