Monday, December 2, 2013
How Stress Can Hurt Your Body
If you don’t, here’s the summary. My stomach was constantly bugging me and I was having trouble absorbing vitamins and minerals, especially iron. The inside of my stomach was irritated and red, but that’s all the doctors could tell me. I was extremely frustrated. I just wanted more energy again.
According to Dr. Lissa Rankin’s book Mind over Medicine, my story mirrors thousands of others. Dr. Rankin worked in Marin County California, a place where people strive to eat healthy and stay fit. She was seeing patients that, like me, eat a very clean and natural diet, and exercise regularly. Interestingly, these patients were just as sick as the patients she saw when she lived in an area filled with poverty and fast food. She then spent her time researching the subject and came to the conclusion that stress or any negative areas in your life can make you sick. (If you don’t believe this, read her book and keep reading this. She was raised to be skeptical so she really did her research.)
Though I’m not sure if this was the complete root of my problem, it really made sense to me after reading the Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner. In his book he states:
The stress response can cause a massive cascade of events in your body, including:
· On average four times less blood flow to your digestive system.
· Lower absorption of nutrients.
· Less enzyme production in your gut. (As much as 20,000 times less! This is one of the reasons why, when you eat a meal while you’re stressed, you’ll often feel bloated and uncomfortable.)
· Decrease in gut flora population.
· Increase in cholesterol.
· Increase in cortisol and insulin levels.
Notice, the main two things I was experiencing, stomach problems and trouble absorbing nutrients, can be caused by stress.
As you may have noticed by my blog and website postings, I have been really working on healing my depression and reducing stress. And guess what? There is a very noticeable difference in my energy. While I’m still having trouble getting my iron up, something is obviously going right because I don’t feel like sleeping all the time and I’m once again motivated to do the things I love!
For ideas on how to decrease stress in your life and gettingto the roots of your problems check out MindoverDepression.com. While the website is for depression, it offers some good knowledge for everyone.
Run Wild, Live Happy,