Physical and mental stressors like for instance not enough sleep or the urge to want to please everybody, demand maximum performance from the adrenal glands, which produce the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. A constantly increased level of adrenalin and cortisol puts the body on permanent stress. Adrenalin, the stress hormone for the short-term effect, which is also released by the intake of coffee, leads, when continuously released, to digestive disorders, premenstrual syndrome as well as to fertility problems, which can be often observed in stressed women. Cortisol, the hormone for the permanent stress, slows down the metabolism and thereby the catabolism of fat. Even worse, through the dysregulation of the metabolism it can stimulate to gain weight and make fat. So, trying to lose weight while being stressed is like fighting a battle you’re certain to lose and it remains without success. When the adrenal glands have released large amounts of cortisol over many years, at some point in time they are exhausted and discontinue their work to a large extent. Then it comes to a long-lasting and strong tiredness and fatigue, to a burnout.
A constantly increased level of stress hormones also disturbs the balance of the sex hormones and can lead to ailments like the premenstrual syndrome, water retention, low libido, or fertility problems.
But also, the digestive system can be sensitive to stress. Stress puts the body in the fight-and-flight mode. So, the blood from the gastrointestinal tract is being redirected to the arms and legs and thus no longer available for digestion. It’s the same story when we quickly eat a sandwich to-go, a banana in between, or take a snack before we run to the next appointment. But even if we manage to sit down to eat, a stress-free digestion is still not guaranteed. Let’s be honest, how long to we chew a bite before we swallow? We often chew only four times, automatically put stress on our body and strain our digestive system which can not catch up any more producing stomach acid and digestive enzymes. Apart from that it is in the fight-and-flight mode and far away from digestion. Thus, it is no surprise if bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, food intolerances or heartburn are the consequence.
Do you also suffer from the Rushing Woman’s Syndrome? If so, it is time to change it and to escape the rat race. Holistic naturopathic therapy with homeopathy, restoration of gut health, dietary change and exercise can accompany you from to-do to to-enjoy and bring your health back into balance. Additionally, I recommend the book “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome” by Dr. Libby Weaver, which explains the correlation of continuous stress and health in an entertaining and comprehensible way.
I’m pleased to accompany you on your way to more health. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Get active now and directly book your appointment online.
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