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We made it through one of the big year-end holidays and the big guy is right around the corner!
With all that is associated with Christmas and the holidays- the shopping, all the spending, coordinating events and getting the home ready for hosting, I wanted to check in with you….
I ask because stress plays a HUGE role in our overall health and is one of the big 7 gut distruptors.
Managing stress is vital to a healthy gut, and remember, a healthy gut equals a healthy body. An unhealthy gut equals an unhealthy body.
Here is why and how stress negatively impacts the gut and how to manage it. Let’s go!
Cortisol- the stress hormone. Our body creates this hormone when we are under stress. Back in the day we needed this stress hormone. It would tell our body- “HOLD EVERYTHING! Stop digesting, stop pushing things down. We need all hands on deck to fight or flee this situation!”
Our hearts would start pumping and we would either fight or flight. Our whole body was working on either fighting whatever we were faced with or running from it. SUPER helpful when we are running from sabertooth tigers. We don’t want to be pooping ourselves while we are running from life threatening things.
Fastforward to today, we aren’t typically faced with these crazy, life or death situations. At least not often, hopefully. However, our body doesn’t know the difference between low-grade work stress because of too many emails and running from a life-threatening situation, so it still reacts the same way by spiking our cortisol. That means we stop digesting, our body stops pushing things through us, and we get backed up. Eek! No good.
If you aren’t easily pooping 1-2 times a day, or are relying on stimulants like caffeine or over the counter supplements to poop, stress might be part of the issue, along with your diet.
If we are stressed, aren’t pooping, and constantly living in a spiked cortisol state, our gut is really thrown out of whack. It has to work overtime to try to digest, its hormones are imbalanced, and we start to suffer with more serious, chronic health issues than just not being able to poop.
Ok, so what do we do? How do we manage stress is a world that feels overwhelmingly stressful?
Sending you all my best and lots of love!