In today’s society we have a lot of stress.  We live on stress, as if it were an essential nutrient.

What people don’t realize is that stress doesn’t just happen in the head and impact on the body…there are other dynamics of stress happening as well.

Let’s look at some of the causes of stress.

Private Relationships:

We live with stress at home:

  • toxic relationships
  • finances that don’t stretch far enough
  • challenges with kids at school
  • or with kids who don’t want to work or can’t find work
  • or kids who don’t want to leave home
  • issues with:  food, allergies, activities; ailments;
  • issues with ailing parents
  • with not enough time…

We live with stress at work:

1) if we work for someone else:

  •  being pushed to do more than we have the time or capacity for
  • competition or aggravation with colleagues
  • people who take credit for your work
  • people who constantly show up late or leave early leaving you with their work
  • the boss on your back with deadlines that are impossible
  • not liking what you do but feeling trapped because you need the paycheck
  • etc etc etc

2) if we work for ourselves

  • often we have to be the “girl Friday”:
  • from the President to the CEO and CFO
  • to sales & marketing & networking
  • to the data entry clerk
  • to the AR & AC clerk
  • to the order clerk,
  • to the janitor – where is the time or the desire to do it all

These types of stress are common and readily recognized and have a well worn impact on the body:

1)      the brain (thoughts and emotions) impacts on the hypothalamus that sends out messages to the adrenals to pump out chemicals aka stress response

2)      the adrenals pump out lots of adrenaline and cortisol and other chemicals; that shut down the ability to metabolize our food and drive the necessary energy to keep us going

3)      we go into adrenal fatigue then to adrenal collapse – whereby all the necessary hormones, transmitters and other necessary chemicals the adrenals pump out are significantly reduced – thereby causing a domino effect throughout the body

This stress becomes a “chronic stress mode” and has a devastating impact on the mind and body.  Before we  move onto another type of stress lets look at what this stress does to us:

  • mind doesn’t stop:  what I should have done; need to do; can’t do ; etc
  • brain starts getting foggy/fuzzy – poor decision making; poor memory/concentration
  • immune system starts to falter – colds, flues, etc
  • start craving sweets and breads
  • poor sleep evolves:  can’t go to sleep ; can’t stay asleep ; sleep deep enough ; waking up;
  • depression and/or anxiety starts to set in
  • MD sends you to a psychologist or puts you on anti-depressants  – which have never been proven to work beyond placebo affect and cause all kinds of other problems including basic nutrient deficiencies

Why does this happen?  Our adrenals were not meant to keep going and going.  They were designed for immediate response to danger – get out of danger and then a prolonged recuperation.  We don’t get recuperation or down time – and when we do have it – it is not near long enough…So eventually our adrenals just give up.

Because the adrenals pump out and metabolize so many chemicals in the body – like any other part of the body – they are an interactive dynamic component – when they go out of whack – they start causing havoc everywhere else…

BUT there is another kind of stress that most people are not looking at called GUT STRESS.

Gut stress may be the result of mental stress – but it can also be the cause of emotional stress!!!  Let’s look at why.

All functions in the body require nutrients – the nutrients you provide to your body are the basis of:

  • over 10,000 enzymes
  • over 100 hormones
  • over 50 neurotransmitters
  • over 20 types of collagen
    • your muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage;
    • your hair, nails, skin;
  • your 11 systems and their organs;
  • 12 basic types of organelles in every one of your billion billion cells in your body
  • your DNA and RNA

and a host of other mechanisms in the body that contribute to the processing of those just named.

Just think of all the vitamins and minerals and omega 3s, 6s, 9s; anti-oxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, etc that the body requires – and all of this needs to be metabolized from the gut into the body – through the portal blood and into the liver.

If the gut doesn’t have the right pH; the right enzymes; the right pre and pro micro and macro biotics; a healthy immune system (90% of your immune system is in the gut); the food isn’t going to get metabolized into molecules that can cross the membrane of the gut into our bodies.

When this phenomenal system isn’t operating optimally and effectively, then we have GUT STRESS.

The gut is considered the second brain and for good reason.  The gut has as many neurons as the spinal system!!.  The gut produces all the neurotransmitters that historically were thought only to be produced by the brain.  In fact, your gut makes about 98% of serotonin – the neurotransmitter that used to be thought to cause depression.

In fact, it is now recognized that the gut sends more messages to the brain than the brain sends to the gut!!! No wonder the gut is so involved in psychological issues like depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s, Autism, ADHD, Alzeheimer’s, etc etc

With gut stress – the nutrients are not going to get to the liver.  This is a hugely important step as the liver is responsible for over 500 functions that support every other system and organ in the body.  So GUT STRESS leads directly to LIVER STRESS.  And a compromised liver can lead to issues anywhere else in the body!!!

So what is causing what?

  • Is the gut causing psychological issues
  • Is the liver causing psychological issues
  • Is the brain causing psychological issues

Are there commonalities to all of these issues?  YES!

High levels of toxicity:

  • Environmental
  • Water – low pH; chloride &/or floride; & other toxins
  • Conventionally grown Foods
  • Drink : sodas, coffee (absorbs the highest amount of toxins of any food)
  • Cleaning products
  • Hygiene products
  • etc

These toxins include:

  • POPs
  • PCBs
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Colorants
  • Preservatives
  • Heavy Metals
  • etc

Artificial foods that are calorie rich and nutrient dense:

  • Pasteurized
  • Micro waved
  • Processed
  • Table salt
  • Table sugar
  • Radiated spices
  • Margarines
  • Etc

Pharmaceutical drugs that contain all kinds of toxic metals and chemicals.

The list goes on and on…

All of these products can have a huge impact directly on our gut causing GUT STRESS.  Or may penetrate the gut and cause LIVER STRESS.

Or may pass through the liver and the blood brain barrier and cause BRAIN STRESS.

We haven’t even begun to address all the other types of issues that can result from these three issues:  heart & stroke issues, immune breakdown, respiratory issues, inflammatory issues, weight issues, cancer, diabetes, etc etc etc, never mind being unhappy.

So do you have a health practitioner that can get to the root of your problems and figure out what originated your domino effect??  And have the technology to find the cause and the ability to resolve the root issues?  Make sure you find one that is going to work for you!!!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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