The impact of stress on your body can wreak havoc on all your body systems! Over the summer I have had the good fortune to learn at a much deeper level the impact of stress on the body by joining the conversations at The Thyroid Sessions and the 2nd Annual Eating Psychology Online Conference. Both were very informative when it comes to stress! You may be wondering what does “stress” have to do with Gluten Free? Just everything!
You see, we all experience stress from time to time and occasional stress isn’t a problem – in fact, it can be helpful. But when you experience chronic stress as many people do in today’s world, your body can begin to break down.
The worst part of this process is that most people just go with the flow until it’s too late. They don’t see the tsunami of emotional turmoil coming at them until one day they’re overwhelmed and feel like they can’t cope.
We all need help managing our stress, and you can get help from the privacy of your own home – online. In the course Primal Stress you’ll learn how to counteract some of these negative effects. But first, let’s look at what stress does to the body.
The Physical Effects of Chronic Stress Can Be Damaging For The Body:
When you think about the impact of stress on your body, you may only think about emotional changes but you may not think much about what it does to your body. Stress in a specific situation can cause your heart rate to increase and can even cause a headache. Those symptoms go away when the stress does.
But chronic stress can cause many hidden problems that you might blame on other factors. When you experience long periods of stress, your body begins to produce too much of a hormone called cortisol.
Cortisol is a helpful hormone when you have an isolated stressful incident. But when you have too much of it in your body it can cause inflammation. This leads to problems such as weight gain (especially in the belly), fatigue, problems sleeping, and an increased risk of heart disease and other illnesses.
In fact, people who undergo chronic stress have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. You may even begin to experience symptoms such as chronic headaches, chest pain, and digestive problems.
You may notice that you begin aging more rapidly as inflammation causes your cells to age more quickly. Your immune system can become suppressed. As a result, you pick up more colds and other infections than you did when stress wasn’t such as factor in your life.
Another area that can be affected is your sex life. Chronic stress can take a healthy sex drive away and replace it with disinterest. It can also lead to problems with sexual performance and fertility.
These symptoms might creep up slowly over time. You may not even notice the transition happening. But one day you wake up and you know that you just don’t feel as good as you used to.
Many people will go to the doctor to discuss symptoms and walk out with prescription drugs when the real problem at the core is stress. Those prescriptions may treat symptoms, but also come with an array of side effects that can put further stress on your body.
While your body is an amazing machine that can handle some infrequent stress, it simply wasn’t designed to handle the problems that come with chronic stress – and that’s an epidemic in today’s fast-paced, tech-driven world.
How have you experienced the impact of stress on your body? As the care giver for an ailing parent I can share with you for sure that the impact of stress on your body can be so damaging. There were a few weeks where I was burnt out I could not get out of bed. It was definitely a very scary, thankfully it is long past, today I am feeling great however it was a lot of work to get here.
A change in diet (yes, gluten free, organic fruits and veggies, grass fed local beef, pork, chicken etc.), better sleep, appropriate vitamins and exercise have made a difference for sure.
Check out the PRIMAL STRESS program by Scott, he is doing some really awesome things and you may feel it is a good fit for you!
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Let today be your day! Talk soon,
PS – The Thyroid Sessions – Heal Your Thyroid Naturally – EVERYTHING YOUR DOCTOR DIDN’T TELL YOU About Thyroid Problems – Finally Learn the Formula for Healing Your Thyroid from 24 of the World’s Most Renowned Thyroid Experts, So You Can Move on with Your Life! Imagine…Walking into your doctor’s office equipped with everything you need to make the BEST, most-informed decisions about your thyroid health.
PPS – 2nd Annual Eating Psychology Online Conference – Listen in as over 40+ experts share their wisdom and insights. Be exposed to cutting edge ideas that can help you take a big leap forward in your understanding of weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, endless dieting, emotional eating, nutrition, health, personal transformation and more. We’re taking an approach that honors all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart and soul. The world is ready for a powerful and positive new conversation when it comes to the science and psychology of eating. Thank you for joining in!