Stress – when everything is too much

What is stress for the people with HPU?

Unfortunately, almost all people with HPU are under a low stress tolerance. While positive stress helps the person to get more energy for a short time, negative or long-lasting stress manifests itself in the feeling of being overloaded. This overload can have different causes:

  •  own thoughts (Can I manage it? Am I good enough?)
  • Pressure from outside (money worries, professional pressure, strokes of fate…)
  • unhappy interpersonal relations
  • Consumption of individually intolerable food
  • chronic infections
  • too little exercise
  • too little or not restful sleep

Empty batteries make stress levels appear higher

Why is the HPUler so bad at dealing with stress? Dr. Tina Maria Ritter, HPU expert with a practice in Mannheim, has a plausible answer to this question:

“When – metaphorically speaking – the batteries are half empty, many situations appear to be a problem.”

Dr. Tina Maria Ritter, Metabolic disorder HPU, When stress makes you ill – the self-help program, TRIAS Verlag

The weaker a person feels, the greater and more insurmountable his tasks or problems seem to him. If the metabolism of the HPUler is running smoother after replenishing the missing micronutrients, his stress tolerance also improves.

Vicious circle of stress in HPU

Because some enzymes of the heme synthesis do not work properly in the HPUler, toxic hemopyrrollactam (HPL) is produced instead of functional heme. In order to make this substance water-soluble and to get rid of it in the urine, the body attaches zinc, vitamin B6 and partly also manganese to HPL. This means that large quantities of these important micronutrients are constantly lost to the HPU user.

Under stress (whether homemade or from outside) the body produces more haemopyrrolactam – and thus loses more zinc, vitamin B6 and manganese.

This in turn weakens the HPUler, which increases its susceptibility to stress. A vicious circle has begun.

The synthesis (production) of haem takes place in the intermembrane space of the mitochondria. These cell organelles are also known as “power plants of the cell”, although they perform far more functions than producing energy for the body in the form of ATP. In addition to iron, vitamin B2 and glycine, the body also needs vitamin B6 and zinc to form heme. The latter are often deficient in HPU.

Oxygen radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species = ROS) are naturally formed in the mitochondria. Although the mitochondria form these reactive oxygen molecules, they react very sensitively to them. Therefore, there are various protective systems in the body that render ROS harmless. Enzymes are part of the ROS protection system:

  • Superoxide dismutase (SOD 1, 2 and 3) -> SOD2 only works when manganese is available, SOD1 and SOD3 each require zinc and copper)
  • Catalase (requires iron)
  • Gluthation peroxidase (requires selenium)

A lack of the micronutrients needed for mitochondrial damage and energy deficiency. A lack of energy in turn increases the feeling of stress. Thus the stress spiral of the HPUler leads further and further downhill.

Relaxation methods

Relaxation methods are not a luxury for the HPUler, but essential tools to be able to better manage the available energy.

Relaxation can be achieved individually in different ways. Find out what is good for you and push your energy level up again. This can be done, for example by:

  •  regular yoga
  • autogenics
  • a walk in the fresh air
  • gardening