The fight or flight response is the body’s reaction to a “perceived harmful event, attack or threat to survival.” The fight or flight response is best understood by imagining that you are running through the woods in the dark trying to get away from a lion. Or you might imagine that you are now having to confront the lion and fight for your life!
Fight Or Flight: Noticeable Effects
Again, the fight or flight response is best understood if you picture yourself running through the woods from a lion at night. What changes in your body do you think you would notice? In the dark, your pupils will dilate. You get tunnel vision trying to focus on what is right in front of you. You will start turning your head to scan all around you because you don’t know which direction the lion will pounce from. We call this surveillance mode and it makes it very difficult to focus on any one thing for long.
Fight Or Flight: Hidden Effects
With the fight or flight response, there are many hidden effects that happen without you consciously causing them to happen. These hidden effects of the fight or flight response cause the release of adrenaline to increase muscle strength so you can run as fast and as long as you can or to stop and have a death fight with the lion.
The hidden effects of the fight or flight response also forces most of your oxygen, energy and nutrients from your internal organs. Your body sends the oxygen to your legs for flight and to your arms to fight. Once your body takes the oxygen, energy and nutrients away from your internal organs, digestion and the production of urine will slow down or stop all together. Your body will release the hormone called cortisol to increase your blood pressure and blood glucose level. Cortisol will also suppress the immune system as a strong immune system is not needed for fight or flight.
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