A large number of scientific studies have proven that stress may be the number one killer. It is a major cause for the staggering increase in cancer, strokes and heart attacks in the past few decades. It is also a fact that more and more young people are being attacked by these diseases.
Stress symptoms may include: restless sleep, muscle tensions, gastrointestinal disturbances, chronic fatigue, nervousness, changing moods, and food disorders. Scroll down for an interesting graph showing how stress affects the body from heartmath.
Since I am not an all or nothing kinda girl, I choose to take baby steps in order to reduce some stress from my life and make some changes that I do have control over.
Digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system, a system composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with the central nervous system. When stress activates the "flight or fight" response in your central nervous system, digestion can shut down because your central nervous system shuts down blood flow, affects the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.
"Stress can cause your esophagus to go into spasms. It can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. Under stress, the mill in your stomach can shut down and make you feel nauseous. Stress can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea or constipation. We are all familiar with the athlete or the student who has to rush to the bathroom before the big game or the big exam," explains Koch. "Although stress may not cause stomach ulcers, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease, it can make these and other diseases of digestion worse."
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"Nobel Prize winner Dr Otto Warburg discovered cancer cells thrive in a low-pH highly acidic environment. Cells become highly acidic due to prolonged psycho-emotional stress depleting adrenaline reserves and breaking the cell's Krebs' Citric Acid Cycle."
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