How Does Stress Impact Your Digestion?
All of my readers,
Stress will confront all of us at one time or another, but some people do live in the constant state of stress. This article is to let you know what is at stake when you decide to eat and you are dealing with a strong emotional issue. How does this affect your body? Eating under stress can be one of the worst things you can do. Under any type of stress, whether physical or emotional, the digestive processes are inhibited and digestion is always suspended. Indigestion will be the end result.
The reason that the digestion is halted during stress is because the manufacture and flow of the body’s secretions needed for the digestive process depends on nerve energy. Nerve energy is transmitted to all of the organs of the body through a intricate network of the nervous system. Stress causes this to fault.
The esophagus during stress may tend to spasm, sometimes so bad that it feels like a heart attack is occurring. Also the emotions can make the swallowing of foods difficult or increase the amount of air, thus bloating, burping, gassiness, or even reflux issues may become a problem.
The second part of the digestive tract is the stomach. Stress adds too much pressure on the digestive systems with any or all of the digestive secretions–enzymes, gastric juice, pancreatic juice, intestinal juice, bile–may be held up or even depleted, and the digestion while in process when this inhibition happens is temporarily suspended. Therefore, the undigested foods that are held up in the stomach undergoes fermentation and putrefaction. Next to overeating, mental influences cause most of the digestive impairments which people tend to suffer. During these stressful times it’s best to skip the meal and wait until the next one when you can be more comfortable and calm.
The bowel itself can become spasmodic when at the height of stress and digestion which can make it very painful. Gas production related to nutrient absorption can increase. There can be bouts of diarrhea and or constipation. Stress can make the intestinal walls weaker and allow gut bacteria to enter into the body. The immune system usually does its job cleaning, but when in the state of continual stress there becomes an overload which creates inflammation and chronic disease.
It’s time to reset our priorities and take better care of our bodies. Check out the other source on the stress related diseases. http://frombirthuntilsunset.com/
TIPS ON REDUCING STRESS
*Stress management through the diet, eat organic as much as possible.
*Relaxation and Meditation
*Practice deep breathing, do 10 slow ones each hour. This helps
to alleviate the problems in the body created by stress.
*Talk about your troubles to a friend who will listen and tell give
you truthful feedback.
*Relaxing your mind.
*Write out a worry list.
*Set priorities…Develop management
*make your ‘to do’ list from the most important to the least, crossing
each off as they get done. (remember…priorities)
*Be realistic in your goals.
*Do not procrastinate!
*Do two random acts of kindness each day.
*Prayer…should be at the top of the list.