Stress and gut health
Have you ever felt stressed, tired and simply low on energy most of the day? There is evidence proving that prolonged stress can impact the body negatively in many ways.
- One of the ways that chronic stress is shown to affect our bodies is by interfering with the gastrointestinal function. It does this by increasing inflammation in the gut and causing gut permeability, otherwise known as ‘leaky gut’.
- The effect of inflammation in the gut can impair digestion and nutrient absorption. Leading to a possible deficiency in certain macro and micronutrients that can be involved in the production of energy, such as B vitamins and Magnesium.
- Not only will the lack of these nutrient’s interfere in the process of energy production but they have also has been linked to an increase in anxiety and stress.
- Another way that our body is affected by stress and anxiety is by elevating the cortisol levels. Cortisol in small amounts can be good for us but in high amounts, can affect the body causing inflammation and negatively impacting the sleep cycle. This can further lead to sleep deprivation, which can make us feel more tired.
Inflammation in the gut
Stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and lack of nutrients contribute to the stimulation of inflammation in the body. This has been proven to lead to an increase in oxidative stress in the body.
The increase of oxidative stress in the body has not only been linked to some of the most known conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, but it can also damage the mitochondria. This is detrimental considering one of the main tasks that the mitochondria have is to generate energy in the body.
The above are some proven examples of how stress and anxiety can affect our body negatively and at the same time can contribute to making us feel constantly tired.
Luckily we can support our body in many ways by changing some lifestyle habits and adding more nourishing food to our daily meals.
Breaking the cycle
- Have at least two portions of fermented foods to increase good bacteria in the Gut and aid digestion.
- Drink plenty of water during the day!
- Eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds, spinach, kale, yogurt.
- Increase B vitamins foods like cauliflower, radish, grains, and legumes.
- Reduce caffeinated drinks, and substitute them for camomile tea, lavender tea, lemon balm tea.
- Make sure you are eating enough protein in your meals. Such as nuts, legumes, grains fish, turkey, chicken. These are high in tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the development of serotonin.
- Try to introduce some mindfulness to your daily routine, such as outdoor walking, meditation, yin yoga, etc, find the one you like!
- Try Epson salt baths.
If you would like to reduce your stress levels and increase your energy during the day, contact me (Gina) below and together we can build a plan that will suit your needs according to your lifestyle.