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The 4 types of stress – 2 are good, 2 are bad!

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In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-The four kinds of stress
-2 are good for you and 2 are bad for you
-Find out which kinds of stress you could use more of, and which you need to manage if you want to stay healthy


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Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about stress – specifically about the four kinds of stress – because two of those are actually good for, while the other two are harmful.

To get started, if you haven’t seen my earlier discussion of the Health Triad, you should pause this and go check it out now!

Don’t worry we’ll wait!

Okay, so now you know that the Health Triad are the three most important factors that either make us healthy or that make us more sickly.

They are food, sleep, and stress.

Of those three factors we commonly see that stress is ignored. A lot of people who come to work with us are aware that what they’re eating affects their health, but while most people know that while stress isn’t great, they don’t recognize what a profound impact it has on their health and what’s going on for them.

Whether they’re dealing with digestive issues like IBS, poor digestion in general, constipation, heartburn, or a whole host of other digestive issues. Or autoimmunity like Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or Psoriasis, MS, or Hashimoto’s or the host of other autoimmune diseases.

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But not all stress is created equal, and there are actually four types of stress.

And like we mentioned two of these are actually good for us, while the other two are bad for us. So not all stress is created equal.

Are you ready to dive in?

Let’s go!

The first thing we need to do is divide stress into two types and that’s short-term and long-term.

Short-term stress is our ancestral stress. If a tiger is chasing you, that situation is going to be over pretty quickly, one way or another. The body mounts a big stress response which runs it’s course over minutes or at longest hours, and then the stress is over, and things return to normal.

This is the type of stress for which our bodies evolved. And while obviously almost being eaten by a tiger isn’t good for you, this type of short-term or acute stress can actually be good for you. One easy example of that is exercise. When you lift weights or go for a run you are stressing your body. When you relax and recover from that exercise your body actually grows stronger.

In contrast long-term or chronic stress is what most of us face today and live with 24/7. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about tigers. But for most of us, our day starts with an alarm clock shocking us out of sleep, a hurried morning to get the kids out the door, a frustrating commute, a stressful day at work, a commute back home, an overpacked evening of tasks before we get the kids to bed, then finally a little time to unwind on the Internet or watching a show instead of getting enough sleep. Rinse and repeat.

This chronic stress, while better than being eaten by a tiger, breaks down our system, and is one of the key problems of modern life.


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So now we have two types of stress – short-term or acute stress, which is generally beneficial for us as our bodies can respond to it by becoming stronger and tougher. And long-term or chronic stress, which generally just breaks us down.

Now we need to talk about the two other kinds of stress.

The first is bad stress or dis-stress. Dys, D-y-s, is the Greek word for bad. So the word distress means bad stress.

Distress is a situation in which we are not in control. This can be when we’re overwhelmed and feel like things have gotten out of control. Or it can be when we literally don’t have control like a boss has told us we have to do something we really dislike doing. In these situations where we encounter stress, it is perceived as bad stress or distress and is tremendously harmful to our bodies and minds.

In contrast there is what is called eustress, or e-u-stress. Eu- is the Greek word for true. Or in this case good stress. The biggest separator between distress and eustress is control. In eustress we are experiencing stress but have a sense of control over it.

Think of a time when you were doing something you really enjoyed or wanted to be doing, but it was stressful. Maybe you were working on a project you were just jazzed to the gills about, but you had a limited amount of time to get it done. That’s eustress…

…and while the sensation of stress. What we feel. That inner sensation of pressure and tension is the same, the way we react psychologically and physically to that stress is very different depending on whether it’s distress or eustress.

So there you have it…



There are four kinds of stress:
1. Short-term stress or acute stress
2. Long-term stress or chronic stress
3. Disempowered, out of control stress or distress
4. In control, enjoyable stress or eustress

Evolutionarily we are wired to deal with and grow stronger from acute stress and it is good for us. Most of what we’re facing today though, and the danger to our health and well-being is chronic stress.

Then there’s distress where we feel disempowered and overwhelmed which is truly toxic stress. And on the flip side the enjoyable stress that is good for us known as eustress.

So in a perfect, health-promoting world, 90% or more of the stress in our life would be acute and eustress.

While what most of us deal with these days are chronic, distress. Is it any wonder ‘stress’ breaks down and destroys our health?

In future talks we’ll discuss further, but in the short-term, finding ways to de-stress and relax, and ways to take control of situations in your life, are two keys to transform toxic stress into beneficial stress.

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At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people with digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you or a loved one is suffering, 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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Alright folks, until next time…Take care!


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

Are you or a loved one 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. The only thing you have to lose, is the frustration of not knowing what to do next!

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