At Holistic Healing Health we always welcome new clients.
Please call our office at (719)219-9646 or click here to request an natual support for anxiety and depression consultation with Dr. Moshrefi.
Depression is "public enemy number one" when it comes to psychological illness. It descends upon 40 million US citizens every year. It removes all the joy from their lives, leaves them unable to function and causes their family and friends much distress. It is a terrible thing to have to happen to you. What’s even worse is they are told the same old story about their depression and prescribed powerful anti-depressants to "cure" them. These drugs may help temporarily…
But that’s it.
And if you aren’t told what depression really is, how can you defeat it? If you suffer from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, nervousness or you have a feeling of sadness which just won’t go away, WE CAN HELP YOU
. And if you care for someone who’s suffering from a depressive illness, say your spouse, your lover, your family or your friends, get this information for them. You’ll be helping them enormously. At Holistic Healing Health, we focus on providing you with the most up to date research and support with non prescription natural help with anxiety and depression.
What is “Stress”?
The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Celebrations and tragedies alike can cause a stress response in your body.
Some stress is unavoidable. Some mild forms of stress can even be helpful in some situations. But a stressor becomes a problem when:
· Your response to it is negative.
· Your feelings and emotions are inappropriate for the circumstances.
· Your response lasts an excessively long time.
· You’re feeling continuously overwhelmed, overpowered or overworked.
It’s important to realize that all your feelings create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don't even know about change with every emotion.
Note that Americans, in general, tend to eat under a state of stress and anxiety.
While under stress, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure rises, and blood is shunted away from your midsection, going to your arms, legs, and head for quick thinking, fighting, or fleeing.
All of these changes are referred to as the physiological stress response.
Under those circumstances, your digestion completely shuts down. So a major problem with eating while your body is under the stress response is that you could be eating the healthiest food in the world, yet you won’t be able to fully digest and assimilate that food, and your body will not be able to burn calories effectively.
How the Stress Response Affects Your Digestion and Health
The stress response causes a number of detrimental events in your body, including:
· Decreased nutrient absorption
· Decreased oxygenation to your gut
· As much as four times less blood flow to your digestive system, which leads to decreased metabolism
· Decreased enzymatic output in your gut – as much as 20,000-fold!
Many nutrients are also excreted
during stress, particularly:
· Water-soluble vitamins
· Calcium (calcium excretion can increase as much as 60 to 75 mg within an hour of a stressful event)
As if that’s not enough, your cholesterol and triglycerides also go up, while gut flora populations decrease. You’re also more likely to experience increased sensitivity to food and gastroesophageal reflux, or heartburn.
But perhaps most importantly, when your body is under the stress response, your cortisol and insulin levels rise.These two hormones tend to track each other, and when your cortisol is consistently elevated under a chronic low-level stress response, you’ll likely notice that you have difficulty losing weight or building muscle.
Additionally, if your cortisol is chronically elevated, you’ll tend to gain weight around your midsection. We’ve known for some time that body fat, and especially visceral fat (the fat that gathers around your internal organs, around your midsection) is a major contributing factor to developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
The bottom line?
When you eat under stress, your body is in the opposite state of where you need to be in order to digest, assimilate nutrients, and burn calories. At Holistic Healing Health we are committed to educating our clients with valuable information and assisting them recognize their response to stress and how to deal with stress without allowing it to control their lives.
Everyday Stress Relief
There’s no doubt that finding ways to relieve your everyday stress is an important, if not essential, aspect of optimizing your health. All the organics in the world can’t help you if your body can’t assimilate the nutrients you put into it.
Stress is a serious factor in the illness of nearly all of the patients seen at my clinic. Because in addition to everything mentioned above, stress also plays a major role in your immune system, and can impact your:
· Blood Pressure
· Brain Chemistry
· Immune Response
· Hormonal Balance
You cannot eliminate stress entirely, but you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body's important systems. By using techniques such as meridian tapping, you can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life.
But there are many other strategies you can employ to help you deal with stress and unwind each day, including:
· Exercise; Studies have shown that during exercise, tranquilizing chemicals (endorphins) are released in your brain. Exercise is a natural way to bring your body pleasurable relaxation and rejuvenation.
· Proper sleep
· Meditation (with or without the additional aid of brain wave synchronization technology).
At Holistic Healing Health we always welcome new clients.
Please call our office at (719)219-9646 or click here to request a natural support for anxiety and depression consultation with Dr. Moshrefi.