Stress begins in the brain and affects brain. Acute response to stress involves different organs such as brain, heart, digestive system, immune system, and metabolic system. Different chemical and morphological changes occur in the brain in response to acute and chronic stress. These changes are reversible to some extent. It is not known if prolonged effects due to chronic stress are reversible. Major hormones that are produced during stress can promote inflammation. Several behavioural reactions occur in response to stress including sleep, smoking, eating, physical activity, drinking alcohol, and social interaction.
Having a positive outlook on life, good self esteem, good social support were found to be associated with lower cortisol level and higher parasympathetic activity (that has calming effects on your system). Loneliness was found to be associated with higher cortisol level and higher inflammatory markers. One example for response to stress is lack of sleep due to high cortisol level in the evening that results in high blood pressure, high insulin and blood sugar levels, elevated inflammatory markers, and raised some gut hormones that increase appetite. As a consequence for these changes, hunger for comfort foods, increased alcohol intake, and depression will result.
How to decrease negative effects of stress on your health?
1. Healthy diet: Remove immediately sugar from your food. This is the single most important action you can take to improve your mood, metabolic system, and immune system.
2. Stop eating packaged foods that have preservatives and artificial flavours. Eat good quality protein.
3. Eat 4-5 servings of vegetables per day.
4. Maintain good quality sleep
5. Avoid smoking
6. Engage in a regular physical activity
7. Find your own social support
8. Find a hobby or activity that you like
9. Stick to your faith
How I can help you:
First step to treat your problem is to analyze your detailed medical history and understand what exactly is wrong. Secondly we will complete a physical, metabolic and hormonal balance assessment to further understand the problem at hand. You will then be given the appropriate medication that suits your needs; this could be professional grade supplements such as Omega 3, Vitamin B, Multivitamins, and others. This could also be Adaptogenic herbs which are of great value to balance your mood and boost your energy. Acupuncture will also be a great help in improving your mood and treating other symptoms that you might be having due to stress, such as, headaches, fatigue and chronic pain. Another method to treat health problems is Homeopathic Medicine and this is especially great to manage your stress. Stress can also be dealt through counselling that we will provide for you. Finally, you will find a doctor who listens to you and cares about you, which is of course, the most valuable thing that I can offer you.