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The Stress Bucket – Part 1 – Understanding Stress

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-A key concept that is important for your long-term health and healing
-The stress bucket – why some of us have bigger, and some of us have smaller buckets
-The difference between physical and mental-emotional stress


Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health

And in this quick video I want to talk to you about…a concept we share with the people we work with that they find incredibly helpful in understanding their health and healing.

And today you’ll get it…for FREE!

There’s a good deal we need to cover, so we’re going to break this into two parts, and today will be part 1.

Are you ready?

We call this idea the ‘stress bucket’.

We can view everyone like a bucket. Now some of us are bigger buckets and some of us are smaller buckets. Part of that is going to be our genetics, all of us are born with strengths and weaknesses. And then all the different experiences in our lives and how well our bodies and brains are functioning all effect the size of our stress bucket.

There are ways we can even increase the size of our bucket, but we’ll save that for another video.

So each of us has a bucket, and like a real bucket, there’s a certain amount of ‘stuff’ that bucket can safely hold. If you keep piling more stuff into the bucket, eventually it’s going to overflow and you’re going to have problems.

It’s the same with each of us.

In this metaphor, we each are a bucket that can contain a certain amount of stress.

Now this is a critically important concept, so please WRITE THIS DOWN.

To your body and brain there is NO DIFFERENCE between a physical stress and a psychological stress.

Let me repeat that, there is no difference between a physical stress and a psychological stress.

So let’s take a moment to break that down because most people don’t have a good handle on what stress is.

Stress is anything that knocks your system out of balance, which then requires your body use energy and resources to rebalance itself.

Two easy examples. You go into a cold room and your body temperature starts to fall. If your body temperature falls too low you’ll turn into an icicle, and that’s not good. So your body has to respond to this falling temperature and do things to bring it back up. That might include shivering. You might also feel discomfort or pain in your skin motivating you to get the heck out of there or put a sweater on. All of those activities take energy and resources.

Or you haven’t eaten in a while. The amount of energy and nutrients your body has begin to fall. Obviously starving to death isn’t ideal, right? So a whole cascade of reactions begin to happen in your body, from a lot of invisible internal processes, to a feeling of hunger and a strong motivation to find and eat some food.

So a stress is anything that knocks your system off balance and requires your system to respond to it.

Now here’s the blessing and curse of being human. Most animals are mostly concerned with their physicality. Your dog doesn’t like being hungry, or cold, or wet, but isn’t concerned about the traffic, the price of the stock market, or any one of the million things that we worry about. For the most part, if your dog is fed, and warm, they’re good.

Us humans, who are blessed with a big brain, and are lucky enough to live in the modern world and don’t have to worry about our day to day survival…then it’s a different story.

The things our stress responses evolved to deal with, like running away from a predator, or finding enough food…you know, all those ‘not dying’ things, most of us watching this video are lucky enough to almost never have to deal with.

Instead, those mental stresses we all encounter everyday are our primary stressors.

But to the body there’s no difference. Both physical stresses and mental stresses activate the same stress response in the body. Getting yelled at by your boss and getting chased by a tiger are essentially the same thing to the body.

So there you have it…

Having covered all of this, you’re all set up next week to understand the stress bucket and how it can help you get and stay healthy for the long-term.

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At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at treating digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you, we’d love to connect.

We offer a no-obligation no-pressure chat to see if we can help you, and if we’re the right fit to work together.

If we are, we’ll move forward, and if we’re not, we’ll do our best to connect you with the person who can best help you.

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Until next time folks…Take care!


At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.

Are you looking for help?

Email us at or call us at 425-202-7849.

The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.

Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. You have nothing to lose!

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