Stress related imbalances take place in your body. If they are not resolved soon, they cab cascades into other areas of the body causing serious malfunction, leading to diseases and symptoms.
Many times, stress is well-hidden and multi-layered. But we know that physical, emotional/mental, chemical and biochemical trauma can accumulate over time and manifest at ANY time (sometimes months or years later) and in ANY place in our body (an original gut issue could manifest as an adrenal/thyroid issue months down the road).
So let’s stop “normalizing stress.” The effects of stress contribute to the development and creation of imbalances throughout the ENTIRE body in regards to cortisol levels, neurotransmitters, antioxidant activity, immune activity, GI function, body inflammation, cognition and memory function and energy levels.
Within seconds of a stressful event, various chemicals, neurotransmitters and hormones are released into the bloodstream. They start the initial stress-adaptation response in which blood glucose is released, blood vessels constrict, the heart rate races, and blood is diverted away from the digestive system. These responses start at the cellular level and within every body system.
Stress is stress to the body and we can have hidden internal and external stressors, which include hormone imbalances, immune system stressors (inflammation, excessive exercise), detoxification pathway issues (liver, gut, skin, lungs, colon), digestive issues (bacterial, fungal overgrowth, over the counters, birth control, low HCL production, insertional permeability, food intolerances, sugars and alcohol) and mental emotional stressors (sleep deprivation, pro-inflammatory people, energy vampires, negative emotions in general).
Symptoms are common, but the “not normal- symptoms” are the last thing to occur in a disease process. Prolonged distress can contribute to the loss of homeostasis and can manifest into health problems such as…
-adrenal related dysfunction (energy)
-circadian rhythm issues (the way you sleep)
-poor nutrient breakdown (always feeling bloated/gassy)
-difficulty losing weight
It is important to focus on identifying triggers which ignite the stress response, as well as identifying your main sources of stress. Let’s also take some responsibility and be honest about who you are actively participating in allowing these stressors to remain in your life and what you are doing towards minimizing and mitigating these stressors.
Some things that can help with handling stress?
-know what the stressors are and limit when possible
-eat healthy foods that make you feel good (sometimes not all healthy foods are healthy for YOU and your body)
-Get enough sleep
-Be “okay” with saying “no” to things
-Develop a healthy relationship with working out and food!
-Take walks and get outside (take in the vitamin d!)
-read, write, journal
-listen to your body (might be the hardest one!)