You can be as healthy as you want to be..... Eat all the right stuff and work out as much as every day, but no matter what, stress can get to you! Did you know that only 50% of your health is based off of what you eat and how you move.... ONLY 50%!! Crazy right. The other 50% is your mind. Woah.
I could go on and on about stress on the body. It's had a CRAZY impact on me personally this past year. I've never been so obsessed with eating well and being active and fit. But I've probably never been in such bad health standing due to stress......
We can get to ways to change that and maybe I'll even coach some of you in the future but for now I just wanted to talk about really how sick I've been and how your body can really break down without the proper mental state....
Did you know stress actually makes you secrete your natural flora? Flora are those healthy bacteria in your body that fight off the bad and regulate your immune system. It's why we take probiotics that have different flora counts. So basically stress does tons off BS to our bodies. They actually break down from stress. I feel like we hear this all the time. We just never really grasp the severity of it until it happens.... Well I get it now.
I was going through some pretty bad stress the past year from a toxic work situation and I have been through the roof with stress. Working out and spinning has helped a lot but that isn't everything. A big part is mentally digesting and moving on from the stress. Accepting it cannot "get you".
I wound up with a bad virus and stomach infection from the stress. But because stress creates us to secrete the healthy bacteria flora (or probiotics) that allow us to fight this off we get sick. Sick like infection sick. Like we need to take antibiotics and can't move for 5 days sick.
Infact the antibiotics didn't work.
I had to switch to another kind because I was still crazy sick and still had a burning stomach from the stress and anxiety.
What shocked me most was that I wasn't sitting there 24/7 thinking wow feel stressed. It was just normal resting state for me at a certain point. I just thought my life had come to that. Weird right? And a lot of us do and we let this be part of who we are.
We have no understanding of the difference until you remove yourself from what's causing that. A bad relationship. Or a bad job. Or an unhealthy living environment. Or money problems. Or toxic friendships. There are plenty of reasons and sometimes many. They say how you do one thing is how you do everything. So if one part is bad usually the other parts are out of line. Ever notice that? Omg my house is a mess and I don't know how I'll pay rent and etc etc job starts going wrong. Relationship starts being a burden and you fight. It all ties together!
Look there is tons to explore in the realms or stress. Tonssssss.... our mental health is 50% guys?! But what I really wanted to bring to everyone's attenterions today is getting sick is adirect link of stress, whether your doctor looks at you and says umm you should quit your job and go to the gym (LIKE maybe when you go back to him still that sick THREE times) ... it's scary. But if you don't have healthy bacteria. If you can't even keep it in your freakin body. YOU WILL BE SICK! TAke probiotics daily, my fave is Renew Life daily probiotics. And foods fortified with probiotics like chia seeds and yogurt. KEEP that production up!
And what's most important is taking care of yourself. Go to the gym, turn off and tune out what stresses you... maybe it's social media or your job or your relationship. Or all three! Take time away and get in tune with your body. If you don't know what's stressing you then try meditating and listen to the parts and worries that won't stay out of your mind. it's usually these that are your biggest problem!
What stresses you guys most?