Stomach issues and immunity - how 'worrying' makes you sick
New research suggests that as much as 80% of your body’s immune cells are located in your digestive system!
When we are chronically stressed by life crises and work-life demands, we are prone to getting an extra layer of “visceral fat” deep in our bellies. Your belly has an ample supply of blood vessels and cortisol receptors to make the whole process flow more efficiently. The fat releases chemicals triggering inflammation, which increases the likelihood that we will develop heart disease or diabetes. Unfortunately, excess cortisol also slows down your metabolism, because your body wants to maintain an adequate supply of glucose for all that hard mental and physical work dealing with the threat. This is all especially true for women as women handle stress differently than men and our biological makeup makes us prone to longer hours digesting what we eat to begin with!
When we have a surge of adrenaline as part of our fight/flight response, we get fidgety and activated. Adrenaline is the reason for the “wired up” feeling we get when we’re stressed. While we may burn off some extra calories fidgeting or running around cleaning because we can’t sit still, anxiety can also trigger “emotional eating.” (Sources: Psychology Today)
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See below for a few graphics with information and specifically how depression plays a role in digestion.