10 ways in which your stress is intoxicating you – and why
What we think and feel; how much time we pay attention to it; how often we rehearse the same negative thoughts; and the intensity with which we live through the sufferings that result from it: these are all a permanent stress that impacts our lives as much as our health.
And yet, when you’re complaining about something, for which a health practitioner is unable to find a “cure” for, they will simply look at you and say: “rest! It’s stress!” Yeah, thanks for that Doc.
For once, they’ll be right (although they will not give you a solution …)
Stress, as you probably know, is often good and can save your life in many ways. But the poison is in the dose… because it can also kill you slowly. Take for example the story of the frog that was put in a pot of cold water, and the fire was set underneath. The frog won’t notice its own death if set in the cold water first, as oppose if it was dropped right away in a pot of boiling water.
The level of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline produced during stress is indicative of how stress impacts our behavior, our body, and our lives.
These hormones leave traces and promote our internal pollution…
Here are ten cases in which stress poisons us every day.
The impact on your genes
The toxins produced by the body during a period of stress will leave traces on your genes, which will also decide how you will store fat, how your immune system works (those people who are always sick), the quality of your skin (some inherit wrinkles, hair loss, etc) or your ability to resist to cancer.
Events during your early childhood decide how you live your stress today
Research shows that even very early in childhood, certain events (method of birth… vaginal or C-section) determine your production of corticotrophin “releasing” hormone. This hormone works like a foot on the accelerator: it will stimulate your adrenal and therefore, your stress level. The functioning of this hormone will decide how you manage your stress… and especially its impact on your entire body.
Traces of stress on your brain
Parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus (responsible for the quality of your memory), can be damaged by stress. One of the reasons some people experience burnouts after a long period of chronic stress is because the brain has had to block the adrenals to protect itself. By forcing you to “stop”, the brain protects itself from the damage caused by stress toxins.
Immunity drop and inflammation: two products of stress
Nothing is more immunomodulatory than stress. A long period of stress, as well as intense stress, slows wound healing, reduces the potential protection of vaccines and increases your exposure to infections. A good illustration is the cold sore. Too much fatigue, an annoyance, jet lag, a cold, fever… and poof! There it is, setting up camp on your lips!
Stress has this vast ability to resuscitate dormant infections in the body.
Why are stressed people tired? Because they damage the nuclei of their cells.
It is in the mitochondria of our cells (nuclei) that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is produced.
ATP equates to energy. This allows our cells and organs to work. Stress damages the mitochondria and thus the ability to produce vital energy that the body needs to function smoothly. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons why sick people who engage in relaxation and meditation techniques raise their energy levels by turning the tide, as they learn to stop being stressed.
Stress reduces your ability to metabolize and detoxify
Once we understand the effect of stress on the production of ATP, we automatically understand how organs and cells forced to work in slow motion have an impact on the general level of toxicity of the body. The more toxic you are, the less energy you have. The more you suffer from stress, the more you sink, and the more difficult it is to find the strength to climb up.
Studies show the impact of stress on the activity of hundreds of genes responsible for the enzymatic activity on which the absorption of our food depends: how we will digest fats, eliminate toxic substances such as drugs, suffer through the intake of the latter, or learn how to eliminate well.
This is how stress increases our level of toxicity while maintaining our desire for sugar, fat or various products with high levels of toxins.
Your cardiovascular system is under stress
Chronic stress increases the thickness of the artery wall, which promotes hypertension and heart disease. At this point, keeping your balance is a feat!
Your stress impacts your sex hormones
To put it simply, stress increases the production of a hormone that stimulates the circulation of testosterone and estrogen in the body, making these hormones less available to cells. Chronic stress also increases the production of cortisol which slows down the production of sex hormones.
Stress lowers bone density
A high level of stress is associated with poor bone density. Look no further for where your premature osteoporosis comes from!
Stress is a hindrance to good digestive health
Everyone knows: the gut and stress are interconnected. Remember that 95% of your serotonin is in your gut. Who hasn’t experienced the impact of stage fright in your gut, whether it is sudden diarrhea or chronic constipation, or even nausea?
From this toxicity develops chronic candidiasis, a relaxation of the cell barrier that lines the gut, causing what is called the permeable bowel syndrome: a major source of internal inflammation, food sensitivities and autoimmune diseases.
- It is very important to accept a situation, and to let go.
The following essential oils can help you:
Rose otto (rosa damascena), Frankincense (boswellia carteri), lemon (citrus lemonum), vetiver (vetivera zizaoid), grapefruit (citrus paradisi)
For example, you may mix the following:
In 10 ml of base oil, add:
1 drop of Rose otto EO
3 drops of Frankincense EO
4 drops of Grapefruit EO
2 drops of Vetiver EO
- To relieve the feelings of anger or stress, use the following mixture: apply to your chest and forearms, at any time of the day and evening.
In 10 ml of base oil (macadamia, grape seed), add:
3 drops of Roman Chamomile EO
2 drops of Ylang ylang EO
2 drops of Immortel EO
3 drops of green mandarin EO
- If your stress levels are putting you in a depressive state, use the following mixture to be massaged on the chest, neck, forearms, in the evening before going to sleep.
In 10 ml of base oil, add:
5 drops of Bergamot EO
2 drops of Jasmine EO
3 drops of Geranium EO
Feel free to create your own synergies of oils that you can add to a little handful of moisturizer for example, which will allow you to massage your hands, the base of the fingers, and to inhale your oils as often as possible.