Your gut your way to happiness

Your gut your way to happiness

As we all know stress/ anxiety is integral part of our day to day life. Carrier, job insecurity, loads of family responsibilities, hours of the days only on social media and laptops screens; all these factors adversely affect our brain and nervous system.

As a result of these we are not suffering mentally only but physically also. Our digestive system is directly affected by stress. Initially we develop symptoms   like constipation gas and acidity ultimately leading to either weight loss or weight gain along with other health issues.

The human body is so well managed and every cell and organ is connected to one another. The same way our stomach and mind are constantly interacting with each other.

When any kind of stress affects our mind, our body becomes more fragile to pathogens and thereby start producing excess hormones; adrenalin and cortisone etc.  In response to that, our other hormones like oxytocin, serotonin well known as a neurotransmitter (happy hormone mostly which is produced in the gut) gets affected and body start opposite reactions.  Excess adrenalin start affecting the body in many ways and in short span our body start showing symptoms like headache, insomnia, palpitations or rapid heart beats; is the most common out of this. This condition is very scary because anxiety related to palpitations is gradually converted to panic attacks without our awareness and resolution is only possible by reducing the stress and anxiety.

When this biochemical changes happens in the body, the oxygen flow and hemoglobin start decreasing causing imbalance of good gut bacteria and symptoms of anemia also develops.

These symptoms finally lead to irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers or any other gastrointestinal diseases like gastritis, acidity and reflux etc. The excess gas leads to bloating of stomach and in certain cases migraine can also develop.

To get rid of stress and ultimately to save and improve our physical health, we should take certain measures:

  • Do regular exercise and stretching to give strength to intrinsic muscles especially of abdomen.
  • Share your problems with family or friends.
  • Do not stay alone, prefer someone’s company if stress is too much.
  • Eight hours of sound sleep is very important for brain as well as for body.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy food and junk food.
  • Refined sugars and artificial sugars should be avoided.
  • Include probiotics and yogurt to restore good gut bacteria.
  • Mixed nuts and green vegetables are very helpful.
  • Listen to good music.
  • Do meditation that relives stress.

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