We all have stress. That’s not a secret.
Some people crumble over a hangnail and others seem to be resilient even in the face of disaster. Why?
I think some of it is learned response; some has to do with how much stress they’ve had in the recent past; some is linked to nutritional status; and some is linked to how we are individually wired.
What might your eyes say about your nervous system and how you handle stress, and how could this information be of benefit to you personally or to you as a holistic health coach?
Here are a couple things you might see in someone’s eyes and how they correlate to the nervous system.
Concentric pieces of arcs in an iris, that look like ripples in sand on a beach, tell us the owner spends most of his time functioning in the sympathetic nervous system mode, always ready to ‘fight, flee, or freeze’. This is a genetically acquired indicator. When people with this are well-nourished they like to be busy and they like to check things off their ‘to do lists’.
When they get overloaded their adrenal glands will take the hit and will burn through B-vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium at record speed. When these nutrients are depleted we see poor sleep, muscle cramps, a lack of emotional resiliency, and what I call ‘bad mood syndrome’.
There is a list of known physiological changes that occur when a person is functioning in the sympathetic mode, i.e. running from a bear. These include elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, more rapid breathing, and dilated pupils. (Young children often have dilated pupils, which they usually outgrow by mid-adolescence.) Pupils naturally dilate in dim light. When they are significantly dilated in normal light or bright light, it can be attributed to a side effect of certain medications, a problem with the brain, being sympathetic activated, being sympathetic dominant, or looking at a loved one.
When a person is in crisis, he becomes temporarily sympathetic activated. His pupils will dilate until the crisis is over.
When a person is sympathetic dominant, his nervous system chronically behaves as if he is in crisis, and his pupils will be chronically and abnormally dilated. When a person’s sympathetic nervous system is constantly being stimulated, his demand for B-vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium sky-rockets.
Being able to identify and assess these types of markers can help us create nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement programs more accurately and efficiently.
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