stress and digestion

The combination of stress and digestion can play havoc on our health, especially for us baby boomers . As we age our digestive system slows down and added stress and anxiety can have serious consequences.

The definition of stress is: A natural response of the body to protect itself in situations of danger. During stress, the body releases hormones that make us sharper and more energetic to help us handle a threatening situation. In prehistoric times stress was essential to staying alive. In today's world, stress can be helpful in events such as sport competition, exams, or an important meeting. But stress has become a part of life for most of us and revolves around everyday issues such as money, work, family and health.

Chronic stress over a period of time can have a deteriorating affect on your digestive system . You could be eating the healthiest foods, but if you are constantly under stress, your digestive system may not be able to properly digest that food.

If you're gaining weight although you're not eating more, stress could be the reason. Eating while under stress can cause you to gain weight because the digestive system is not working at it's optimum. When under stress, your body concentrates on sending blood to your arms and legs and your brain. Because very little blood is reaching the digestive system, metabolism slows down. A slower metabolism causes weight gain. Food cannot digest properly causing a decrease in nutrient absorption. Other results of poor digestion are heartburn, cramps, food sensitivity, constipation , and diarrhea.

If you suffer from stress and digestive disorders, it's not too late to make changes in both behavior and eating habits. Many of us who suffer from stress turn to food for comfort, which in turn can cause overeating. When we are stressed we are also less likely to take the time to prepare healthy meals. Instead we choose packaged foods or fast food that usually contain too much salt, fat and sugar.

Foods high in salt, fats and sugars can cause more stress, moodiness, not to mention heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and various digestive problems.

Lifestyle Changes

If you suffer from stress and digestive problems, you need to make real changes:

  1. Reduce stress
  2. Eat foods that are good for YOU
  3. Begin a fitness program
  4. Change your attitude

This site provides you with the information you need to help you make those changes. I invite you to start today!

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