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Stress, Inflammation and the Brain


The term stress is used for the symptoms of distress that occur when an excessive load or an intense environment overwhelms the adaptive resources of a person and their reaction be it physical, emotional, spiritual, biochemical or behavioural, creating symptoms and damaging health.

Stress can come from any situation, experience, or thought and can make us feel frustrated, irritable, angry or anxious. What is stressful to one person may not be to another. Seemingly small triggers can have major biochemical consequences.

Stress reactions are often developed in childhood. Acute stress affects the brain as stress hormones bind to receptors in particular regions of the brain that encode memory (the hippocampus and amygdala), so that years later, we often remember stressful events as if they happened yesterday. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanaged stresses are among the most damaging.

Chronic stress is one of the major preventable contributors to inflammation and immune dysregulation, which left unmanaged can go on to cause a variety of dis-eases.


Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection. It is part of our innate immunity. The aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, toxins, or pathogens and begin the healing process. Inflammation involves pain, redness, immobility, swelling and heat.

Silent inflammation is the precursor of chronic inflammatory conditions and is mainly triggered by stress, poor lifestyle choices, obesity, insufficient exercise, a diet high in simple carbohydrates and trans fatty acids and inadequate sleep.

Chronic inflammation is long-term inflammation, which can last for several months or years. Chronic inflammation initiates a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, depression, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, allergies, arthritis and auto-immune disease.

Inflammation is basically the precursor to all disease!

Common causes of inflammation

  • Stress and unmanaged chronic stress – long term elevated cortisol
  • Deficiency of cortisol and/or low DHEA caused by weakened, exhausted adrenal glands
  • Low grade chronic infections (gum, sinus, etc.)
  • Chronic non-infectious inflammatory reactions (auto-immune, allergies)
  • Free radical overload and antioxidant activity
  • Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, poor gut function
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Lack of sleep
  • Loneliness

Stress, Inflammation and the Brain

Cortisol (the main stress hormone) stimulates inflammation, raises insulin levels, supresses immunity, elevates blood pressure, breaks down muscle and increases abdominal fat.

Chronic exposure to stress hormones damages and shrinks the hippocampus, changing brain function and altering memory.  Amygdala damage is common in conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic stress results in high cortisol and insulin resistance, both having an effect on brain function. Insulin resistance occurs in the brain where there are insulin receptors, so when there is insulin resistance the brain, particularly the hippocampus, fails to function properly. This is why dementia is referred to type 3 diabetes.  Insulin helps the brain burn sugar – our main fuel supply. With insulin resistance this process is inefficient and it affects cognition.  The more body fat you have, the more glucose you store, and the more insulin resistance you become.  Muscle mass is therefore effective against stress and inflammation. Exercise is also protective for the brain as it boosts feel good chemicals and decreases toxic ones.

Glutamate (the most common excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain) is implicated in the abnormal brain chemistry of chronic stress and inflammation. Exposure to chronic stress increases glutamate – a neurochemical that, in excess in the brain, causes depression and anxiety, and contributes to migraines, strokes and seizures. Stress increases the levels of glutamate which destroys the cells of the hypothalamus, that produce dopamine and regulate appetite – causing the classic symptoms of depression, lack of joy, increased eating and weight gain because the hypothalamus becomes leptin resistant.

The immune response, whether it’s due to stress or other factors, creates an inflammatory cascade that inflames the brain via the central nervous system, resulting in inflammation in the brain and the cerebral circulation. Though the inflammatory responses are induced in the body, the cognitive and emotional effects are enabled through the central nervous system. Memory, mood, activity, pain, depression, dementia and fatigue can all be a result of the body’s inflammation affecting the brain. Inflammation spurs on the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines which cause a diverse array of physical and physiological symptoms, including mood and brain function.

Neural sensitivity to social rejection prompts an inflammatory response similar to that of physical injury. When this response becomes the norm for your body, it becomes a low level feature in your physiology and inflammatory ctyokines are constantly released. Once sensitised, social relationships and difficult social situations trigger inflammation – anxiety, IBS, insomnia, depression, and fatigue.

Diet has a massive impact on brain and cognitive function. We produce more neurotransmitters in our intestines that we do our brain, therefore it is easy to see how gut health impacts cognitive health. Research reports that a large percentage of people who have mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and panic attacks also have gut issues and when you clear up the GI issues you can almost always clear up the anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Two of the most inflammatory foods are gluten and sugar. According to Dr, Rodney Ford “the brain and the associated nerves are the number one site for gluten-related disorders” According to Dr Alessio Fasano “Gluten is not digestible by any human” And sadly this digestibility may have no or little consequence symptomatically for many people and go unnoticed for many years until it becomes a problem. Mayo Clinic have demonstrated the relationship between gluten sensitivity and dementia. There is also a direct relationship between blood sugar elevation and Alzheimer’s.  Both of these foods cause inflammation and have negative effect on many organ systems. A diet rich in good fats, fruits and vegetables is the best type of diet one can adopt for optimum health.

Treatment options

The aim of treatment is to treat the source – be it stress, trauma, inflammation, infections, toxins or nutritional deficiencies for example.    Change and transformation is the key aspect. Continuing to do the same thing and behave the same way and expect to generate a different result is, in a sense, madness. To adapt to stress means you must change! Be it the food you are eating, the way you respond to a situation, your deep seated fears and old unresolved issues you have swept under the rug thinking that they will somehow no longer be a problem. It takes energy to keep these events under lock and key in the subconscious mind and is a source of constant energy drain. Sadly most of us are unaware of the stimuli that affect our physiology – which is why Kinesiology and its innate intelligence is so apt at getting to the core of the issue – be it a food, an emotion, and event or a hidden pathogen lurking in the lumen of your intestines.  Our life is more in sync when our brain and body’s biochemistry is balanced. Make sure you invest in your health every day.

Kristy Allan Kinesiology in Melbourne

The world is growing tired of modern medicine and its failure to properly handle some dis-eases. More and more people are turning to alternative treatments such as kinesiology to address their ailments, a decision which is helping them achieve lasting results. As a leading kinesiologist in Melbourne, Kristy Allan specialises in treating the person as a whole (mind, body, and spirit) not just the symptoms or the sum of parts. Kristy believes that the true path to perfect health includes all of these elements and she strives to bring about balance and harmony throughout all of these systems to get you feeling healthy and whole once more.

Kristy has helped clients all throughout the Melbourne area; working as a kinesiologist in Fertree Gully, Box Hill, Doncaster, Ringwood, Dandenong, Wantirna and many other suburbs throughout Melbourne. It is her experience and many success stories that make her the preferred kinesiolgist in the eastern suburbs.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is one of the most comprehensive and holistic systems of modern natural health care. Its art and science stems from both eastern and western traditions, beautifully blending anatomy and physiology with the energetic systems that science is yet to completely comprehend. It is a modality that focuses on all the fundamental levels of our being, mind, body and spirit.

Kinesiology’s greatest potential is its ability to tap into our own mind-body wisdom. By shedding light on what is having a direct influence on the body’s processes, we are given the key to unlocking and releasing people’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual pain.

Many people who select me as their kinesiologist in Melbourne come away with a “wow” factor, wondering how on earth I was able to pin point personal and relevant information as well as factors contributing to the clients presenting complaints. In fact, many people think kinesiologists are psychic in nature due to the accuracy of information presented in a session. As intuitive as I am, the truth lies with the client. The client has all of his or her own answers, the truth of any situation, past or present. The task of me, as a therapist, is to guide the client in discovering these truths. In working with the client’s innate intelligence, namely the subconscious and higher self, we are able to allow the process to lead back to the cause, past the smoke screen of protest by the conscious mind, to seek the key which can unlock each person’s dysfunction and dis-ease. For only by discovering the hidden cause is the healing likely to be lasting.

How Kinesiology works

Communication with the client’s subconscious and higher mind is established through the use of an indicator muscle, namely the brachioradialis located in the forearm. The kinesiologist and the client form an energetic circuit where communication flows freely between the two individuals. The kinesiologist will be asking the client’s body if the ailment or complaint is located at a structural, biochemical, mental/emotional or spiritual level and the client’s body responds via the indicator muscle. The kinesiologist reads the physical and energetic imprint of the presenting issue and what is required to restore function and balance. Usually multiple factors are involved, and through my experience as a practitioner, it appears everything the body manifests first began on an energetic level, brought into being by thought processes, facilitated by emotions and then physically realised. This is why there is so much more to our health problems than meets the eye. Mind, body and spirit are inseparable and that which affects one will inevitably affect the other.

Kinesiology addresses the connection between the patient’s consciousness and his or her complaints. The body has an innate ability and desire to be healthy. Given the opportunity, it also has the amazing capacity to heal itself. The process of healing involves fusing together the fracture that splits body from mind and erasing dysfunctional patterns that contribute to the dis-ease state. Due to the nature of us as unique individuals with our own unique life experiences, no two kinesiology sessions will ever be the same. I find this aspect of kinesiology so refreshing and to be a true patient centred approach to health and wellbeing.

Through practising Kinesiology in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I have seen the phenomena of the mind-body connection constantly at work, where emotional or psychological factors are responsible for changes in physiology. Some examples include: an emotion stopping a cell taking up a vital nutrient; a thought form triggering imbalances within the hormonal system; a supressed trauma causing an organ system to become imbalanced; a deeply held belief causing neurotransmitter irregularities – the list is endless.

Restore balance and you restore function. As the client’s body is the guiding intelligence in kinesiology, there is no second guessing the root cause of the problem. A kinesiology session is all about peeling back the layers to reveal the many factors that have been involved in the manifestation of the dis-ease. Sometimes this is a quick resolution and other times more sessions are required. The client’s innate wisdom is the one who determines the revelations and progress suited to their individual needs. Nothing is given that the client can’t handle. Gentle techniques are used to restore the body back to balance, including acupressure and various form of vibrational medicine. Vibrational healing is a powerful form of medicine that bypasses the physical. It has the ability to clear old limiting beliefs and effectively restores and promotes free flowing vital energy to the cells and tissues of our bodies. Lifestyle modifications and nutritional recommendations form part of the whole client approach.

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