Causing Your Digestive Problems

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The majority of us have direct experience of how chronic, or intense psychological stress can affect the digestive system. Ancient practitioners of Chinese Medicine also theorized that the gut (especially the Liver) was the seat of feelings. Modern science explains this phenomena, detecting that around 90 percent of our hormones and hormone are actually produced in the gut.
What Happens to Digestion When We Are Stressed
Something not many of us know, at least logically, is that the digestive system is actually governed by the Central Nervous System, specifically a sub-branch of the nervous system known as the”parasympathetic nervous system”. Essentially, the parasympathetic system is our”rest and digest” state. Just when we are relaxed and free of stress does the parasympathetic system and for that reason digestion, activate.
When we enter a state of anxiety, the connection to the parasympathetic system; the sympathetic system, activates. This anxiety state or the”flight or fight” reaction shuts down digestion by decreasing blood flow to the digestive organs, inhibits digestive fluid secretion, and instead sends the blood and biological energy to muscular-skeletal system to get ready for battle.
When the sympathetic system is stimulated by prolonged stress, it may lead to gastrointestinal disorders, inflammation and weaken the immune system.
1 example of how stress can cause common digestive issues is by causing the esophagus to spasm and changing stomach acid secretion. This leads to heartburn, acid reflux and can make you feel nauseous. Another example is that the effects stress has on the colon. Intense stress increases the secretion of stress hormones cortisol, prolactin and dopamine, which can cause the colon to become hyperactive or stressed, which leads diarrhea or constipation.
When any of these conditions become persistent, the inflammation and overall poor functioning of the digestive system can finally lead to stomach ulcers, IBS, and inflammatory bowel disease.
The Way to Handle Stress for Better Digestion
Reducing total stress isn’t a quick-fix job, it takes a holistic, multi-factorial approach. While getting a handle on the causes of psychological stress can take some time, there are a few basic things you can do to mitigate their consequences.
1 simple way to de-stress is to take part in fun, moderate exercise. Some of the healthiest forms of exercise include walking, hiking, biking, swimming, dance, yoga, thai qi, and weight lifting.
Other Wonderful ways to reduce stress include:
Relaxation – People with digestive issues are often overly stressed and do not relax enough. Getting authentic, profound relaxation is harder in today’s world, but can be achieved through yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, cognitive therapy, biofeedback, superior music, spending time in nature, camping, love-making, and working on an enjoyable project or hobby.
Communication therapy – A significant source of psychological stress dwells in the world of communication. In actuality, the majority of stress and problems in life have their roots in communication trouble. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you did not know what to say, or someone wasn’t talking to you, you know the stress associated with poor communication. Taking courses or studying books communications can be helpful for enhancing our quality of life, relationships and reducing a excellent source of stress. But simply having a good friend or loved one you can talk to openly about your stress can be a major stress reliever. Personally, I have found cognitive therapy to be a significant help in relieving chronic stress in my life. There are even studies that have demos rated a 70 percent improvement in stress symptoms after 12 months of cognitive therapy.
Nutrition – A bad diet can ruin a great digestive system. Inadequate nutrition can be a source of biological stress, but in addition, eating the right foods can help curb the effects of stress. In general, it is helpful to eat more salt and protein when stressed. In actuality, soldiers in the army are needed to eat a higher protein diet to mitigate the catabolic effects of battle. So, it’s ideal to have a two-sided approached nutritionally, where you avoid junk foods that add to your stress, and eat nutrient-dense, wholesome foods which help replenish a stressed body.
If we had no problems in any way, we would be existentially bored. So, the objective is not to eliminate all stress and problems form our lives. Instead, we need to pick our problems wisely. For example, starting a new fulfilling relationship will have its challenges, but in the long run, the problems are usually worth it. Same is true for beginning a new project or goal. A good rule of thumb is that any condition in life would ideally be 80% enjoyment with 20% pain, the pain being the optimal amount of stress that only makes like interesting and helps us grow.

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