By Marian Rubock
We all experience the feelings of stress at some stage in our lives. Although we can recognise the emotional signs, do you know how it can impact on the health of your body and skin? Our body can react to stressful times by affecting the way our internal organs operate and this can lead to other complications. Sometimes, our system may find it hard to digest and absorb nutrients from food. When this happens, we call it ‘malabsorption sydrome’.
This breakdown in our system can also lead to conditions, such as ‘pernicious anaemia’, which simply means our body has lost the ability to produce enough red blood cells, due to a lack of vitamin B12 absorbed in the system.
During stressful times, because we may not effectively digest food or absorb nutrients, our bowel lining can also be damaged. When this occurs, naturopaths refer to this as ‘Leaky Gut Sydrome’ and essentially means the cells of the intestinal lining widen, allowing toxins and undigested food to enter into the body.
All of these effects to our internal system can also lead to hair loss and this will have all been started by stress as the catalyst, which shows it plays a huge role in our lives.
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Now let’s take a look at the impact this has on our skin. Just like the rest of our body, our skin relies on receiving nutrients via our blood supply. If our body is in stress mode from poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, as well as an overactive brain, it can result in digestive upsets, like irritable bowel, poor sleep, increased moodiness and cravings for sugary foods. If this continues, it will lead to a reduction of the blood supply to our skin and hair translating to possible hair loss and unhealthy skin. This may take the form of acne, rosacea, dermatitis, and unusual rashes just to mention a few. Read the rest of this entry »