We all know stress is hard on your body, but why? Also, are you aware of the different kinds of stress that effect your body? Do you know how to resolve the stress effect? Let’s take a look?
Stress and your body
In today’s society we have a lot of psychological stressors. We in effect live on the adrenaline that the adrenals release when stressed, almost as if it were an essential nutrient. The adrenals are two tiny little organs sitting on top of the kidneys and they respond when the body is under stress. However, they are only meant to be stressed once in awhile, not on a chronic day to day basis.
Further, 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.
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; or when we are having to take care of others who are sick and ailing.
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; the AR & AC clerk; to the order clerk, to the janitor – where is the time or the desire to do it all. Have you ever heard of the definition of an entrepreneur: someone who is willing to work an 80 hour work week to avoid a 40 hour work week to get paid for a 20 hour work week”? That is how most small businesses start out. In fact, owners for even large businesses may operate that way until they have enough wisdom, time or finance to delegate the work. In the meantime, all this work, time, maneuvering can cause stress to the body and thus provoke adrenal dysfunction.
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 and the body
Gut stress may be the result of psychological stress, either mental or emotional!!! 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 systems and 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, phytonutrients, 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. (Note: anti-depressants are based on the hypothesis that low serotonin causes depression – but this has never been proven. Yet, we know of all kinds of physical issues that can cause depression…but physicians are not trained to look for these issues and so they simply prescribe anti-depressants)
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, Alzheimer’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 the stress?
Is the gut causing adrenal stress (and/or psychological stress)
Is the liver causing adrenal stress (and/or neurological stress)
Is the brain causing adrenal stress (and/or gut stress)
Is the mind causing adrenal stress (and/or gut stress)
Are there commonalities to all of these issues? YES! High levels of toxicity
- Water – low pH; chloride &/or fluoride; & other toxins
- Conventionally grown Foods
- Drink : sodas, coffee (absorbs the highest amount of toxins of any food)
- Cleaning products
- Hygiene products
These toxins include:
- POPs PCBs
- Insecticides Pesticides
- Colorants Preservatives
- Heavy Metals Environmental toxins
Artificial foods that are calorie rich and nutrient dense:
- Pasteurized Micro waved
- Processed Table salt
- Table sugar Radiated spices
- Margarine 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.
This is obviously just a short list of toxins. We haven’t even begun to address all the other types of issues that can result from these few issues: heart & stroke issues, immune breakdown, respiratory issues, inflammatory issues, weight issues, cancer, diabetes, etc etc etc, never mind being unhappy.
So the question is: 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!!!
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