A Personal Account of Stress
I think for a lot, if not most people who end up being Natural Health Practitioners; in whatever Modality. The path begins with desperation in dealing with their own health crisis.
Yes there is a seed or interest in knowing; but being unwell and not getting better seems to always be the clincher.
Believe me; I have had my fair share of stress. I’ve suffered from PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL and EMOTIONAL stressors in many different forms for a majority of my life. Some stressors I was aware of and others I had no idea existed.
Unbeknown to me, overtime; these stressors became chronic and compounded. I now know that they were the root cause, contributing to my plethora of ailments.
Over the course of my younger years I had digestive issues, IBS, osteoarthritis, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, weight gain, fibromyalgia and random rashes… I’ll stop there, I’m sure you get the gist.
NO-ONE ever told me there was a link and that my ailments may be caused by chronic stress. Nor did any “health professional” ever ask questions or try to work out why I had all these issues.
All I ever got was 10 minutes, a bill and a script.
Had someone, all those years ago had, had some insight as to WHY!!! And treated me accordingly; all that crap I went through could have been avoided.
Well at least I now have the insight!!
Every one of us suffers stress from time to time, it’s a normal response to a stimuli (or a stressor).
Stressors may be Physical, Chemical and/or Emotional in origin.
Once the stressor has gone though, function should return to normal. The problem is that the stress response is becoming chronic and not returning to normal.
The below is the result of a STRESS RESPONSE (also called the “fight or flight” response)
• Blood supply to the digestive system
• Immune function
• Body regeneration (resulting in accelerated aging)
• TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
The Snow Ball Effect of Chronic Stress
- When STRESS HORMONES are increased THYROID HORMONES are decreased…
- When THYROID HORMONES are decreased DIGESTION is decreased…
- When DIGESTION is decreased SEROTONIN is decreased…
- When SEROTONIN is decreased MOOD is altered (for the worse)….
Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter. Responsible for regulating appetite, mood, social behaviour, sexual desire, sleep and relaxation.
It’s a “feel good hormone”.
It’s estimated that 90% of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract and 10% in the CNS (Central Nervous System).
Serotonin also helps to modulate motility in the gut. So when levels are decreased, this can cause elimination issues and gastrointestinal disorders like IBS.
Furthermore low serotonin may lead to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks & insomnia.
So are you seeing the big picture and understanding the snowball effect of chronic stress?
When you think about it; every disease and illness on the planet originates with some type of stressor!
In my practice I ask the right questions. I help others to understand how the stress response works and how to alleviate it naturally.
Moral of this story… DON’T STRESS!!! easier said than done…
BEFORE YOU GO!