The Six Stressors That Harm Your Health & What You Can Do About It – Interviews Available
Jonathan Glass, M.Ac. Ayurvedic Practitioner and Author of the upcoming book “Total Life Cleanse” is available for interviews.
It is helpful to know the stressors in life that can cause the greatest consequences to our health. Even better is identifying those stressors that are unique to ourselves. Doing so empowers us to take actions that have the greatest impact on our well-being. These stressors can be broken down into the following six categories:
Mental and Emotional Stressors
Chronic mental and emotional stress causes biochemical and physiological changes in the body, with detrimental long-term effects. It especially impacts the adrenal, thyroid, and pancreas glands, which secrete essential hormones relating not just to stress response but also to energy production, blood sugar, metabolism, fertility, and mood. As our energy wanes, the body begins to rely on sugar for energy production, and the pancreas is forced to work harder. When any of them struggle, the brain, cardiovascular, digestive, and nervous systems suffer as well.
Junk food requires more of our energy to digest than it provides in nutrition; we end up with an energy deficit in both body and mind. Food sensitivities (intolerances) and allergies are also common sources of dietary stress. Symptoms can include mood changes, irritability, foggy brain, headache, itchy skin or eyes, acne, ear infections, chronic cough, acid reflux, stuffy nose, gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, and loose bowels.
Immune challenges classically come from chronic viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. Chronic autoimmune issues occur when pathogens, such as viruses, burrow their way into the tissues and organs of the body. Due to various factors such as poor diet, nutritional imbalances, immune suppression, toxic exposure, and stress, the immune system is unable to fully handle the pathogens.
Chemicals cause problems due to their toxicity or because we have an allergic response to them. Chemical toxins include environmental chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides, food and cosmetics additives, and recreational and pharmaceutical drugs. Chemicals particularly stress the liver and kidneys and cause a great deal of oxidative damage to the body.
Heavy metals are high-density metallic elements that are toxic and poisonous even at low concentrations. They are found everywhere in the environment and can enter the body through water, air, food, and skin contact. The most common ones are lead, aluminum, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, and the most common route of exposure is through produce grown in toxic soil, vaccines, dental amalgams, fish, and polluted air.
Energy pathways called meridians run throughout the entire body, each one relating to a specific organ system. Scars from injuries and surgical procedures can disrupt the healthy flow of bioelectric energy, or chi. Treating scars with acupuncture, liniments, and moxibustion (herbal heat therapy) has been part of Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Eliminating energy blocks caused by scars is often a missing link to regaining health and vitality
About Jonathan Glass
Jonathan Glass L.Ac., M.Ac., CHT (http://healingessencecenter.com), is a Licensed Master Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Reconnective Healer, Energy Healer, Certified Hypnotherapist, Herbalist, Muscle Response Tester and Natural Health Educator. He is on the faculty of The Dharma Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda and has served on the faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture. He presently teaches at numerous yoga schools locally and throughout the US.
Total Life Cleanse: A 28-Day Program to Detoxify and Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul Paperback – January 30, 2018