by Luana Flacco, R.H.N. (luanaflacco.com)
What are the symptoms of stress? How does it connect to the energy you have on a daily basis? So many questions. Here is what you need to know about stress and the digestion connection.
I never made the connection between stress and my inability to digest food properly. I mean who really thinks about that!?
I remember when my children were still homeschooling and how much stress I was under with my large To-Do list! It was during that time that my health was taking a nose-dive and the food I use to be able to eat was not friendly to my body anymore.
It took me a long time to make a connection about the symptoms of stress and what was going on in my digestion.
3 Things You Need to Know About Stress!
“Fight or Flight”
I’m sure you have heard about the fight or flight response in your body. It comes from your body. It comes from a physiological response to stress by your adrenal glands.
These tiny glands sit on top of your kidneys and release adrenaline when danger is detected. Like when you want to run from a bear!
In my case where I live it may be a coyote to appear or even a skunk.
You can feel the rush as blood is redirected from your digestive system to our arms and legs so you can escape!
The “fight or flight” response causes undesirable symptoms of stress including increasing your heart rate and anxiety levels. So watch how much time you spend consuming social media content and the news! All this unused energy gets converted to fat.
Some Causes of Stress
Stress comes in many forms such as:
- environmental toxins,
- processed foods,
- emotional stress
- and physical stress.
Some stress is normal for the body in short, occasional amounts but chronic stress is what leads to digestive and energy problems.
The “fight or flight” response causes undesirable symptoms of stress includes imbalanced gut flora and anxiety levels.
The lack of your body’s ability to efficiently digest, assimilate, and absorb your food is what causes gas, bloating, acid reflux, and even stomach pain.
Adrenaline lasts only a few seconds and is quickly followed by the adrenals releasing cortisol. When cortisol remains high throughout the day the manifested symptoms of stress include:
- fatigue (especially around 3 pm)
- sleep disturbance (from intestinal/stomach pain, gas and bloating)
- anxiety (from an imbalance in gut flora)
- unexplained weight gain around the middle
- poor digestion (lack of sufficient stomach acid or poor combination of foods)
- poor immune function from an unbalanced digestive system (resulting in frequent flues and colds)
- brain fog (unbalanced digestive function from stress)
Just to name a few, these are all symptoms of stress. This is where I focus in my practice of holistic nutrition for women who are experiencing energy issues connected to digestive problems.
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So do you relate to not feeling rested in the morning?
Fatigue throughout the day, especially around 3 pm?
Stress during midlife
Your ability to adapt to stress decreases with age. Your adrenals will now have to make more cortisol and will steal from your progesterone supply in order to do so. This creates an imbalance of hormones in your body. So the symptoms of stress can be a real problem as you can see.
What do you do about the stress you experience every day? You may even feel that you will always feel tired and stressed.
This is why I created a program for my clients called the Freedom From Fatigue Solution.
In 8 weeks you can start to mitigate the effects of stress on your body by learning the systematic steps I took to get my digestive health and energy back on track.