No one lives without stress. Stress can show up in the forms of job loss, family and relationship problems, and health issues among others.
Some forms of stress can be beneficial. Getting nervous before a sporting event or as an adrenaline rush to keep you alert. These are usually short term and serve a specific purpose. More often than not, you may notice that your body is taking a hit, both mentally and physically.
You may notice all the emotions that come with stress over long periods of time. These raised levels can upset your sleep cycles, cause heart issues, drain your energy levels, make you susceptible to weight loss or gain, cause stomach problems, and many more negative health changes.
Heart Health and Stress
Studies have indicated that anxiety and depression are stressors that could cause long-term effects on heart health which could eventually lead to heart disease.
Anxiety is normal and is a reaction to stress that can cause us to be cautious and prevent us from making bad decisions or even keep us out of danger. Anxiety and nervousness are typically normal occurrences, but when they become chronic, evidence shows that cardiovascular disease increases.
Examples of persistent anxiety and stress include:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety
- And others
Symptoms that occur with stress from anxiety that have a negative impact include:
- High blood pressure – frequent spikes weaken the heart muscle
- Sleep problems – normal sleep helps lower blood pressure; poor sleeping patterns could affect your heart health
- Rapid heart rate – this could restrict normal heart function
Your Digestive System and Stress
When the brain feels stress, it releases a number of hormones that can put your digestive system in crisis. Some of these hormones, like CRH (corticotropin releasing hormone), are released during stressful situations. CRH is pumped from the brain and tells the adrenal glands to make the adrenaline needed to give a person energy to run or fight. The problem with this release is that your appetite is turned off.
Another spin off from CRH are the steroids triggered to make us hungry. This hunger can lead some people to fight stress with emotional eating. Typically emotional eating involves unhealthy foods like potato chips, chocolate, and other foods lacking in nutrition. This may cause unwanted weight gain.
Stress that may lead to unhealthy diets can eventually lead to:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
When working efficiently, your digestive tract can help relieve symptoms of stress. Having a healthy immune system can also reduce stress, and that comes directly from a stable, nutritional diet.
GI-Biome Products to help your Digestive Health
GI-Defense capsules are formulated to:
- Help strengthen and support gut barrier function and integrity.*
- Support healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems.*
- Support healthy intestinal permeability and environment.*
- Help purify the gut and balance beneficial bacteria.*
- Support short chain fatty acid (SCFA) production, especially butyrate production.*
- Help comfort feelings of gas and bloating.*
GI-ProBalance slimsticks are formulated to:
- Support a natural balance of good bacteria to maintain healthy digestion.*
- Help support the body against occasional intestinal disturbances and typical, occasional digestive upsets.*
- Promote natural immune function.*
Supplement natural probiotic levels that might fluctuate due to normal
aging, diet or other normal digestive issues.*
- Contain acid-resistant probiotic strains.
GI-Zyme capsules are formulated to:
- Help support gut-brain health by enhancing the gut microbiome.*
- Support maximum level of nutrient absorption.*
- Assist in breaking down proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, and vegetables.*
- Provide enzymes functioning at a wide range of pH activities (pH 2.0-8.0).*
- Supplement natural digestive enzyme levels due to normal aging, diet or other digestive needs for support.*